The Chicago Bears moved quickly today upon informing the media that DT Sedrick Ellis would be moved to the reserve/retired list after failing to report to Training Camp, signing DL Jamaal Anderson to a one-year contract. Anderson (27) is a former first-round draft selection out of Atlanta.
The 6-6, 280-pound Anderson has started 48 of 77 games played in six seasons with Atlanta, Indianapolis and Cincinnati after being selected by the Falcons eighth overall out of Arkansas in 2007. He has recorded 132 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 10 pass break ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Anderson never quite lived up to his first-round billing as a pass rusher, and scouts have often noted a lack of speed and explosiveness off the snap. The Bengals released Anderson just last week after he spent much of the 2012 season on injured reserve.
An interesting nugget regarding Anderson is that Bears’ GM Phil Emery was the director of college scouting in Atlanta when he was drafted in 2007. A career defensive end, it’s unclear right now if the Bears intend to practice him at defensive tackle or not.
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