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.