2013 NFL Free Agency: Derek Anderson returning to Carolina according to reports

Justin K. Aller

It seemed like a foregone conclusion the Panthers would lose their backup QB, but reports out of Ohio say differently.

There is no official word from either Derek Anderson or the Carolina Panthers, but two sources in Cleveland indicate that the backup quarterback will return to the Panthers for his third season.

According to the Twitter accounts of local sports' anchor Mike Cairns, and Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio -- Anderson will not join Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland, instead staying in Carolina to remain Cam Newton's backup in Mike Shula's offense. While Anderson is nothing special, the need to find another quarterback was a burden the organization didn't need right now, with too little money to spend in free agency, and too few draft picks to burn on an addition.

Judging from the reaction on Twitter from Browns' fans, they seem thrilled not to regain Anderson. However, while in Carolina he's been the consummate pro. Jokes about 'taking things seriously' aside, he's been a reliable sounding board for Newton, looking over film and assisting Mike Shula in the development of the position.

Tomorrow will tell if these Tuesday night reports are accurate, but this would be a surprising coup that takes one more need off the table -- at least for now.

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