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Bears sign veteran linebacker James Anderson
The Bears added another linebacker to their mix on Sunday as they continue to move on from Brian Urlacher. The team announced it signed James Anderson, a seven-year veteran who played his entire career with the Carolina Panthers, to a one-year deal.
Anderson’s arrival comes two days after longtime Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was signed to a one-year contract that could reach $1.75 million.
Williams is projected to take over for Urlacher at middle linebacker, while Anderson replaces strong-side linebacker Nick Roach, who signed a four-year, $13 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.
The Bears get another experienced veteran in Anderson. The 29-year-old has appeared in 94 games with 53 starts — including 44 on the strong side — over seven seasons with the Panthers.
Anderson, a third-round pick in 2006 out of Virginia Tech, has totaled 432 tackles, eight sacks, seven fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, three interceptions and 20 pass break ups in his career. He missed the final four games of the 2012 season with a back injury.