Derek Anderson was in the building at Orchard Park Monday.
He hasn’t signed a contract yet, but it sounds like he’s being handed a pen.
Sean McDermott was not afraid Monday to discuss the positives a veteran like Anderson could bring to the Bills quarterback room.
He even had to catch himself once getting ahead of the signing. “I think Derek provides that… or will provide that, if it gets that far.”
McDermott knows Anderson from their time together in Carolina. Both joined the Panthers in 2011. That was also the year the team drafted Cam Newton.
Anderson served as Newton’s backup the last seven seasons. Prior to that, Anderson was an off and on starter with the Browns and Cardinals.
“He’s a team first guy,” McDermott said. “He’s been around a lot of football as a starter or a backup over the years. A lot of value to (signing Anderson) for us right now. I think highly of Derek.”
McDermott thought the timing of the move would be right, but did not expound as to why. He did say the vision for his team is to have at least one veteran among every position group.
“It’s important that we try to do that,” McDermott said. “That we have a veteran player that offers an example of, on the field and off the field, of what it should look like.”
McDermott would like to keep three quarterbacks if that’s possible, depending on needs at other positions.
Anderson is 20-27 for his career in 47 total starts. Only four came in Carolina. The previous 43 starts included seven games with Brian Daboll as his offensive coordinator in Cleveland during the 2009 season.
Experienced players like Anderson are something McDermott clearly values.
“Guys that have been in the game,” he said. “Guys that have been through the highs and the lows. Guys that can fill in the gaps for younger players.”