Anderson had a mini-breakout last season as an outside linebacker in Washington’s 3-4 system. But as new HC Ron Rivera is moving the team to a 4-3 system, Anderson might become miscast.
While Anderson might not be the best fit in Washington going forward, a team in need of veteran experience at linebacker could be interested in the former second-round pick.
“Now we’ve got no practices, so the rookies can’t even get on the field,” a notable source tells Standig. “If I needed a linebacker, I’d consider a fifth for Anderson. He’s good, not special, but players respect guys like him because they’re tough and play for the team. He’s produced in the NFL, unlike a rookie. He’s young, cheap and can play.”
Standig says Washington might be able to get a sixth or a seventh-round pick for Anderson given he’s entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Anderson, 25, was drafted by the Redskins in the second round out of Alabama in 2017. He signed a four-year, $5.32 million deal that included a $2.01 million signing bonus.
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Anderson is slated to make a base salary of $1.19 million in 2020.
In 2019, Anderson appeared in all 16 games and totaled 44 tackles, four sacks, five forced fumbles, two recoveries including one returned for a touchdown and one pass defense.
We’ll have more on Anderson as the news is available.