In a move that is actually a bit of a head scratcher, the Cardinals pick up free agent Derek Anderson.  There is a reason why he is a one time Pro-Bowler, he is the epitome of an NFL one hit wonder.  He had himself a career year in 2007 when he threw for 3787 yards, 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions while guiding the Browns to a 10-6 record finishing first in the AFC North.

Of course things didn’t work out too well after that season.  Jamal Lewis started his downward spiral, both Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow Jr.  had off seasons.  Winslow was injured for half the games and without his presence Braylon was getting constantly double teamed and Derek Anderson who is not a pin point passer to begin with couldn’t get the ball to his number one receiver.

He lost his starting job to Quinn.  Quinn faltered after being handed the keys in 2009, letting Anderson take over again.  Unfortunately it was more of the same, and he lost the starting gig again.  Fortunately for him Quinn was just as inept and Anderson finished the season playing the last two games and winning them.  With Arizona he will have a top receiver in Larry Fitzgerald, a decent running back in Beanie Wells, an a solid second receiver in Steve Breaston.  Of course he has to beat out Matt Leinart, but that is almost as hard as beating Brady Quinn.

So can he succeed in Arizona, he can, but more than likely he won’t.  The Cardinals needed to invest in a quarterback this off season and I just feel as though Anderson was not the option they should have gone after.  The next question is, do they go after one in the draft.  The answer is probably not, as they will have a lot of money tied up in the position if they go after one in the first or second rounds.

As for his value in the world of eBay, one word, CHEAP.  The card pictured below could be had for $4.25.  That is one of the more pricier cards out there.  Basically any of his autographs should be had for less than $2.  In fact there aren’t many out there for over $10.  Personally I like his cards, but it’s more of his play in college than the pros.  This is a make or break year for him.  He is quickly running out of chances to start.

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  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. the sewingmachineguy says:

    This guy is the new Scott Mitchell.

  3. deal says:

    some people may have thought of Kurt Warner as a one hit wonder before he became a Cardinal.

    • chemgod says:

      The difference is that Warner always had that home run ability, which is something Anderson and Lienart for that matter don’t have.

  4. Dion Soskin says:

    This is about as good a move as the Cards could make considering what is available on the market and what is available in the draft and with the QB they have if Leinhart turns out to be the GUY the nothing lost which I don’t think will happen so they need a plan B for a playoff team!!!! besides Anderson can throw the ball and the Cards have guys who can catch it unlike in Cleveland!!!

  5. Matt says:

    I have watched the Cards since 1989. When they came to AZ cause am from here. Cardinals have had decent QB’s the problem is this. There only good for 2 years. Then they do bone head moves. Firing coaches and changing systems. To this day I still hear voices of Buddy Ryan. “We have a winner in town.”

    List of QB’s for the Cards since moving to AZ

    1. Neil Lomax
    Pro Bowl years (1984 and 1987 not in AZ)

    2. Gary Hogeboom
    Yes the guy from Survivor.

    3. Timm Rosenbach
    WHO????

    4. Tom Tupa
    Yes the punter

    5. Stan Gelbaugh
    1991 WLAF Offensive MVP (BUST)

    6. Chris Chandler
    BUST in AZ decent in Atlanta

    7. Steve Beuerlein
    Bust in AZ Heck of a player in Carolina

    8. Jim McMahon
    Yes the 1981 Super bowl shuffle but this is 1994

    9. Jay Schroeder
    Played 2 mins and retired

    10. Dave Krieg
    quarterback rating told the tale: 3 horrible games (below 50), 4 mediocre ones (50s and 60s), 5 good efforts (70s and 80s), and 4 outstanding performances (90s or better).

    11. Boomer Esiason
    Esiason threw for the 3rd best passing yardage day in NFL History, with 522 yards in a 37-34 overtime victory over the Washington Redskins. He contemplated retirement in the offseason, but was talked into playing one more season — with the Cincinnati Bengals.

    12. Jake Plummer
    HOMEGROWN HERO…. This pick was to put butts in the seats….

    13. Josh McCown
    Left for more playing time (LIONS).

    14. Kurt Warner
    Took a team (NO ONE BELIEVED IN)to the super bowl… in AZ we should have a day named after him.

    (FUTURE)
    Matt Leinert – Paris Hilton’s man to busy partying then playing football.

    Derek Andersen – ????????

  6. Garrett Hollander says:

    Chemgod dude..

    With March Madness in full swing… you think you can do a blog about college basketball and autographs of some of the bigger name players in the tourney?

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