The Panthers will meet Monday with free agent QB Derek Anderson from Arizona Cardinals. (AP file photo)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Carolina Panthers will meet with quarterback Derek Anderson from the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, general manager Marty Hurney confirmed.
The team has also shown interest in signing free agent cornerback Carlos Rogers from the Washington Redskins, the ninth overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, a league source confirmed.
Hurney said there won't be a workout, but the team will sit down and meet with the 28-year-old journeyman quarterback. There was a report in The Oregonian that Anderson has already signed a contract with the Panthers but Hurney said that's premature and that no offer has been made.
"We want to bring him in and get to know him a little bit and we'll go from there," Hurney said.
Some on the staff already do.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Anderson has a history with Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who coached him to the Pro Bowl during the 2007 season with Cleveland Browns. Anderson threw for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdown passes that season.
His career fell flat after that.
One year after his Pro Bowl appearance, Anderson started nine games in 2008 and threw for 1,615 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. It went from bad to worse in 2009 as Anderson had only three touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in seven starts.
He signed with Arizona last year as a free agent, geting a two-year, $7.25 million contract.
There he started nine games and threw seven touchdown passes with 10 interceptions and was benched twice.
If signed, Anderson hypothetically could compete for the starting job this season with Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen, although it's more likely he'll wind up in a backup role.
Earlier in the day coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers are very much in the hunt for a veteran free agent quarterback, but wouldn’t say whom the target is.
The Panthers have only three quarterbacks in camp.
The Panthers also have a need at cornerback and could fill it with Rogers.
Rogers, 30, would represent a major upgrade for the Panthers, who lost cornerback Richard Marshall in free agency to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. Rogers started 41 games during his six seasons with the Redskins. He has 299 career tackles with eight interceptions and four forced fumbles. He started 12 games last season with the Redskins and had 54 tackles, two picks and one forced fumble.
HOGAN’S SEASON A WASH?: The Panthers spent a fourth-round draft pick on CB Brandon Hogan from West Virginia, but a source close to the player said there’s a good chance he may not even see the field this season.
The source said Hogan’s knee isn’t anywhere near ready for football and he’ll likely enter the regular season on the PUP list or will be placed on injured reserve when the trims its roster to 53 players in late August.
Hogan tore his ACL back in December just weeks before West Virginia’s bowl game.
RIVERA LAYS DOWN THE LAW: The players are already calling Rivera a “player’s coach,” saying he’s willing to listen and learn what they have to say and very interactive.
But Gross also said Rivera laid down the law in the first team meeting.
“In the first meeting he told us, ‘I don’t want to use the fine system, but if you break the rules I will max you out,’” Gross said. “And that was good to hear because I think you have to have guys know what’s expected of him. I’m excited he’s here.”
ROSTER MOVES: The Panthers claimed LB Kelvin Smith (Cowboys) and DB Michael Greco (Packers) off waivers, bringing the roster to 89 players.
Smith is likely a short-term replacement as the Panthers simply need bodies to practice with LBs Jon Beason, James Anderson, Thomas Davis, Jordan Senn and Omar Gaither unable to work until Aug. 4 due to rules dictated in the CBA on free agents.
Senn, in case you’re wondering, is a restricted free agent.
HOLDOUT STILL HERE: Third-round pick Terrell McClain remains a holdout and has now missed two days of practice.
“The concern is for him more so than anything else,” Rivera said after the morning practice. “When you’re not here you’re not getting an opportunity to learn and that’s the thing. We have a lot of guys who are showing very well right now. We’re concerned with the guys that are here.”
He will not be subject to a $30,000 fine per day as that applies only to players under contract.
SHARING THE REPS: For now, QBs Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen are sharing reps with the first-team offense.
“That is one of the positions we have to continue to rotate guys through,” Rivera said, adding the competition is very much up in the air.
ARMANTI PLAYING WELL: Rivera said WR Armanti Edwards has done “a great job” so far in camp.
“Apparently whatever Armanti has done this offseason in terms of his commitment has paid off,” Rivera said. “He’s had a good couple of workouts and that was good to see. He’s transformed himself. He’s done a heck of a job…. He spent a lot of time working out with his teammates and developing that bond.”
A HEALTHY OTAH: Gross said he’s thrilled to have a healthy booked OT Jeff Otah back in the starting lineup, calling him a “difference maker.”
Otah missed the last 19 games with a knee injury, including all of last season after what was a deemed as minor cleanup surgery turned into a season-ending problem.
Some at the time questioned his toughness, but Otah is now back.
“It’s great to see him back,” Gross said. “I know you’ve heard me say before that he can be as good as he wants to be. He’s big, strong and physical and can move. He sounds like himself again. Last year, I wouldn’t say he was depressed, but it got to him not being on the field and having teammates look at him differently and having trainers and coaches kind of question where he’s at. He makes our line so much better. He’s a difference maker in the run game and protects well and takes a lot of pride in what he does.”
THEY SAID IT: Williams took a little dig at his former coach John Fox on Sunday, saying of last season’s 2-14 season: “A lot things didn’t work out like we planned. The is-what-it-is is no more…. It’s time for that to go.”
"It is what it is" was one of Fox's favorite sayings.