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By PFW staff

The Cardinals announced Wednesday that they agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free-agent QB Derek Anderson. Terms were not disclosed.

Arizona was in need of QB help with Kurt Warner having retired and 2009 No. 3 QB Brian St. Pierre becoming an unrestricted free agent. Both Anderson, who was released March 9 by the Browns, and Chargers RFA QB Charlie Whitehurst had made visits to the desert in the past week.

The 26-year-old Anderson is expected to get a shot at competing for the Cardinals' No. 1 QB job with former first-round draft pick Matt Leinart. Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt has indicated that Leinart would not just be handed the starting role, and the arrival of the strong-armed Anderson figures to create a healthy competition. Anderson made the Pro Bowl in 2007 when he threw 29 TD passes and led the Browns to a 10-6 record. Since then, however, his career in Cleveland had steadily declined. Last season the Browns went 3-4 with Anderson as the starter. The 6-foot-6 signalcaller registered an abysmal 42.1 QB rating in 2009 with a 3-10 TD-interception ratio.


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