Posted Sun Jul 31st by Jon Heath
Editorial Revision: – It was mistakenly written below that Atlanta runs a 3-4 defense and that Anderson would be a 4-3 defensive tackle. The Falcons actually run a 4-3 defense, in which Anderson played mostly defensive end. He could however still see time as a rotational DT in Denver’s defense.
On October 12th, 2008, then-Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive end Jamaal Anderson recorded his first sack in a professional football game when he took down Chicago Bears then-quarterback Kyle Orton. Fast forward three years and Anderson is a free agent and Orton is the quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
As is well known, Denver is in serious need of depth at the defensive tackle position. In Atlanta’s 3-4 defense, Anderson played defensive end. In Denver’s 4-3 defense, he could fit as a defensive tackle. According to PFT’s Mike Florio, Anderson is set to visit the Broncos and Titans.
If Anderson were to sign with Denver, he would become the teammate of his first sack victim, Orton, and add much needed depth to the Broncos defensive line. Entering his fifth season in the league, Anderson is a 6-6, 289 pound former first round draft selection.
Considered by many a bust, Anderson never lived up to the high expectations fans and coaches had for him following his stellar collegiate career at Arkansas. Injuries have hampered him and he was never able to accumulate more than 2.0 sacks in a single season. In 2010, Anderson appeared in 16 games (starting in 3) and recorded 21 tackles, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.
At the right price, Anderson may be a player worth signing. Anderson is just twenty-five years old and with the right coaching, may have some productive years still left in the tank.
What’s your opinion? Would it be worthwhile for the Broncos to sign Anderson?