LAKE FOREST, Ill. The Chicago 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 Chicago is perennial Pro Bowler Lance Briggs on the weak side.
Anderson, 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, made 53 starts in seven seasons for Carolina. He had 432 tackles, eight sacks, seven fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, three interceptions, 20 pass breakups and 23 special teams stops.
Baltimore: Elvis Dumervil has spurred the Denver Broncos for Baltimore, agreeing to a five-year deal, Ravens general manger Ozzie Newsome announced.
Dumervil, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is expected to be in Baltimore Tuesday to take his physical and sign the paperwork.
Dumervil had 63 1/2 sacks in seven seasons in Denver. He agreed to reduce his 2013 salary from $12 million to $8 million but the paperwork didnt reach the NFL offices in time, and the Broncos were forced to release him.
N.Y. Giants: Several reports indicated defensive end Osi Umenyiora, an unrestricted free agent, was close to an agreement with the Atlanta Falcons and he could officially join them as early as Monday.