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The Carolina Panthers held onto some of their own and reached out into the free agency pool to nab other key players.
Don't laugh at me, but Derek Anderson has to be the most significant.
I'll admit, Derek Anderson is not a funny guy. I like to make jokes at his expense, but he never laughs, 'cause nothing's funny to him. I see Panthers' fans frustration when Carolina went and signed Anderson. How can you have a guy on your team who thinks nothing is funny?
All lame Derek Anderson jokes aside, he could be a big part of the Panthers' resurgence. Though he's been pretty crappy ever since his 2008 season with the Cleveland Browns, he's never been put into a situation where he'll have ample talent around him. Sure, the Panthers are pretty bad, but DeAngelo Williams (who, though he's pretty good, is way, way over-paid) and Steve Smith may be able to help him along. Add the fact that the Panthers' offensive coordinator is the same coordinator he had in his Pro Bowl season with the Browns, and he could have a hand in bringing Carolina back to prominence.
At the very worst, he'll give Cam Newton more time to develop on the sideline.