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James Anderson

James Anderson - #50 - LB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 2"/ 235 lbs.
Birthday 09/26/1983
Birthplace Roanoke Rapids, NC
College Virginia Tech
Years played 8
Drafted 2006, 3rd round, 24th pick by Panthers

Bears' McCaskey says roster decisions 'firmly' in GM's hands

Posted Feb. 16, 2012 @ 1:08 p.m. ET
PFW caught up with Bears chairman George McCaskey Wednesday at Halas Hall after a forum on health and safety for high school coaches and players concluded.

Concussions the focus at forum hosted by Bears, NFL

Posted Feb. 16, 2012 @ 10:03 a.m. ET
Representatives from the Chicago Bears and the NFL came together Wednesday to host a forum on health and safety at Halas Hall.

Trial for ex-NFL WR Hurd delayed to August

Posted Feb. 13, 2012 @ 10:03 p.m. ET
A federal judge has delayed the drug conspiracy trial for former NFL WR Sam Hurd until August

Bears LB Thomas charged with marijuana possession

Posted Feb. 13, 2012 @ 3:50 p.m. ET
Bears LB J.T. Thomas was arrested early Monday morning in Morgantown, W.Va., and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Holt to coach Bears' offensive line

Posted Feb. 08, 2012 @ 4:43 p.m. ET
The Bears hired Tim Holt to be their offensive-line coach Wednesday.

Bates hired by Bears as quarterbacks coach

Posted Feb. 07, 2012 @ 12:33 p.m. ET
The Bears have hired Jeremy Bates, who worked with QB Jay Cutler when they were with the Broncos, to be their new quarterbacks coach.

Bears GM Emery can change culture

Posted Feb. 03, 2012 @ 7:39 p.m. ET
Our sources say new Bears GM Phil Emery has consistently demonstrated a commitment to making calculated, well-researched decisions.

Bears RB Forte open to franchise tag

Posted Feb. 02, 2012 @ 7:26 p.m. ET
Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Bears RB Matt Forté said Thursday that he would be open to the franchise tag.

Report: Bears talk with Van Pelt

Posted Feb. 01, 2012 @ 1:19 p.m. ET
The Chiefs wouldn't let the Bears speak with Jim Zorn, and now Chicago is talking with Alex Van Pelt about its QB coach position.

Bears CEO wants Forte, Smith to stay in Chicago

Posted Feb. 01, 2012 @ 1:05 p.m. ET
Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips envisions a future in which both Matt Forte and Lovie Smith remain in Chicago for the long haul.

Bears GM Emery not a 'yes' man

Posted Jan. 30, 2012 @ 10 p.m. ET
New Bears general manager Phil Emery often spoke with the conviction that helped lead him to the peak of his profession Monday at Halas Hall.

Bears relieve Ruskell of duties

Posted Jan. 30, 2012 @ 12:18 p.m. ET
The Bears will introduce their new general manager, Phil Emery, today at a press conference, but he already has made his first major decision.

Emery named Bears' new GM

Posted Jan. 28, 2012 @ 4:07 p.m. ET
Former Bears area scout Phil Emery, most recently the Chiefs' director of college scouting, is returning to Chicago, this time as the team's general manager.

Patriots' Licht meets with Bears a second time

Posted Jan. 26, 2012 @ 1:49 p.m. ET
The Bears are conducting the second round of interviews for their general-manager job.

Bears' fantasy questions for the offseason

Posted Jan. 25, 2012 @ 1:04 p.m. ET
Looking toward the offseason, fantasy football owners have some questions about the Bears, such as how a new offensive scheme will impact Jay Cutler.


Posted March 24, 2013
The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with Anderson, the latest move in a major overhaul at the position.||||||| The deal announced Sunday comes two days after they signed D.J. Williams from Denver to replace Brian Urlacher. Anderson was released earlier this month. He figures to take over at strong side for Nick Roach, who signed with Oakland. The only returning starting linebacker for Chicago is perennial Pro Bowler Lance Briggs on the weak side.
Posted March 12, 2013
The agent for Anderson says his client has been informed that he's been released by the team.||||||| Anderson had three years left on a five-year, $22 million contract. The move represents only minimal salary cap savings for Carolina because they have to account for the remaining prorated portion of the $7 million signing bonus he received in 2011. Anderson has spent all six NFL seasons with the Panthers, starting 43 games over the past three years at strong side linebacker. He started 12 games last year and had 73 tackles but no sacks or interceptions.
Posted Dec. 02, 2012
Anderson left Sunday's game against Kansas City with an eye injury||||||| It was unclear when Anderson was hurt.
Posted Nov. 10, 2011
Anderson, the team's starting strongside linebacker and leading tackler, is active after rolling his ankle two days ago.||||||| Anderson seems like a safe play in IDP leagues.