It seems that the Cincinnati Bengals have decided to start clearing house before training camp begins at the end of the month. In a move that was unfortunately to be expected, the Bengals announced via Twitter during the week that they have decided to part ways with defensive end Jamaal Anderson after just one season.
Starting with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007, after being drafted with the eighth overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, Anderson was slow to make any sort of decent impact. Anderson spent four years with the Falcons, only racking up 4.5 sacks and 83 tackles. The Falcons decided to look elsewhere and released Anderson. Anderson then moved to the Indianapolis Colts, where he never managed to firm up the defensive end position, posting three sacks and 12 tackles in 16 games, although he only started one.
The Bengals saw enough of him in 2011 and decided that they would pick him up on a two-year $5.3 million contract, but the 2012 season in Cincinnati was the worst of his career. After posting only three total tackles in two games played (zero starts), he was then injured for the rest of the year due to torn quadriceps.
The Bengals feel that they no longer have a use for Anderson, especially since they drafted defensive end Margus Hunt out of SMU in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Anderson was due to make a base salary of $2.5 million next season, meaning that the Bengals had little recourse but to release Anderson.
Anderson will probably find a team that will be looking to take him into training camp, but he will no longer have a decent price tag and it’s also quite likely that whoever he goes to will not hold onto him, unless, of course, they are badly in need of a defensive end. Teams who could be likely to look for the services of Anderson are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys who are all in need of depth at the position.
Simon Greene – Cincinnati Bengals Writer. Be sure to follow Simon on Twitter @simongreene88