Former Bears and Panthers veteran LB James Anderson signed with the Patriots on Wednesday according to Field Yates of  In addition, the Patriots also released WR Mark Harrison.


Anderson, 30, is entering his 9th season in the NFL spending time in Carolina (2006-2012) and played with Chicago last season.

The signing of Anderson helps address the Patriots lack of LB depth.  Anderson will most likely be rotating with Jamie Collins as a coverage LB, as Jerod Mayo and Dont’a Hightower tend to struggle dropping back in coverage.

Anderson brings in veteran leadership to the Patriots and gives Bill Belichick a guy he can rely on since current LB’s Collins, Mayo and Hightower are relatively young.

Although this gives the Patriots a veteran LB that can play slid minutes, it shouldn’t stop them from trying out another LB to give them more depth at LB.  Also with free agent TE Jermichael Finley‘s recent visit to Foxborough and the depth on the defensive line still somewhat thin, the Pats may continue to improve their team via free agency.

Anderson has played in 110 games in his NFL career starting 69 of those games.  Anderson has recorded 556 total tackles, 12 sacks, 23 pass deflections, five forced fumbles and eight fumbles recovered.

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