Anderson agrees to terms with Cardinals

Former Browns QB Derek Anderson will join the Cardinals. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

The news day — on the West Coast, at least — starts with former Browns QB Derek Anderson finding a new home in Arizona.

NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reports Anderson has agreed to terms with the Cardinals, according to a league source.

The move makes sense for the Cardinals, who had been in discussions with both Anderson and restricted free-agent QB Charlie Whitehurst as options to compete with “starter” Matt Leinart.

The Arizona Republic had reported both the Cardinals and Seahawks had made contract offers to Whitehurst, which would require a third-round pick going back to the Chargers as compensation. While there’s no word on a decision from Whitehurst, it sounds like the Cardinals didn’t want to wait.

How this unfolds in Arizona will no doubt be interesting. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has never named Leinart the starter, as Kent Somers points out, and seems poised to let Anderson at least win the job. For now, it’s Leinart’s to lose.

UPDATE: The Cardinals officially announced Wednesday afternoon that Anderson has agreed to terms. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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