The Arizona Cardinals have come up with a veteran quarterback to pair with Matt Leinart in case the former first-round draft pick doesn’t pan out.

Derek Anderson will sign with the Cardinals, according to Darren Urban, the writer for the team’s Web site. Anderson is a skilled deep ball passer, so that ought to make Larry Fitzgerald happy. But after one strong season in Cleveland, he fizzled out quickly.

The move increases speculation that the Seattle Seahawks will sign restricted free agent Charlie Whitehurst to an offer sheet. Whitehurst visited both NFC West teams and it is expected that the San Diego Chargers will not match an offer sheet. The Seahawks, however, still lack a third-round draft pick to fork over to the Bolts in exchange for signing away Whitehurst.

Whether or not Anderson can be a productive starter for the Cardinals remains to be seen. He certainly was in need of a fresh start elsewhere. Now, he needs to do something with it.

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