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Bears agree to deal with LB Anderson

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

LAKE FOREST – The Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with former Carolina Panthers linebacker James Anderson, the latest move in a major overhaul at the position.

The deal announced Sunday comes two days after they signed D.J. Williams from Denver to replace Brian Urlacher. They had announced they were unable to reach an agreement with the eight-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker.

Anderson was released earlier this month. He figures to take over at strong side for Nick Roach, who signed with Oakland. The only returning starting linebacker for the Bears is perennial Pro Bowler Lance Briggs on the weak side.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Anderson made 53 starts in seven seasons for Carolina. He had 432 defensive tackles, eight sacks, seven fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, three interceptions, 20 pass breakups and 23 special teams stops.

ANDERSON'S CAREER STATS:

YEAR      TEAM       TOTAL      AST      SACKS

2006        Car           21              3            2.0

2007        Car           17              3            0.0

2008        Car            3                0            0.0

2009        Car           65              18          1.0

2010        Car           130            29          3.5

2011        Car           145            47          1.5

2012        Car            73             34           0.0

Career                      454            134         8.0

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