Bills quarterback Derek Anderson retires

May 09, 2019 - 8:20 pm

Buffalo Bills quarterback Derek Anderson has informed the team he is retiring from the National Football League.

The soon-to-be 36-year-old is widely credited with helping mentor Josh Allen during his rookie season after signing with the club in early October. After an injury to Allen just a week after Anderson signed, coupled with two critical interceptions thrown by Nathan Peterman in relief, Anderson started the following game against the Indianapolis Colts, throwing for 175 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. The Bills lost 37–5.  

Anderson also started the next game, on Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots, but was injured in the fourth quarter after throwing for 290 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. The Bills lost 24-12. Anderson spent much of the rest of the season in concussion protocol, but re-signed a one-year deal with the Bills in December, with the team expecting him to, once again, be a mentor to Allen in 2019. However, he informed the Bills on Thursday that will retire.

In a statement on the team’s website, general manager Brandon Beane said, "Derek let me know a few weeks back that he wasn’t sure if he could be committed [for the season] and wanted to still think about it. So I knew going into the draft that this was something that could potentially happen, but it wasn’t definite. We talked this week and he let me know today that he is going to retire. I was thankful for Derek's time here. He was really a great resource for Josh and Matt Barkley and [offensive coordinator Brian] Daboll.”

Given that Beane knew, it makes much more sense that the team signed University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson as an undrafted free agent as soon as the draft ended. Jackson will participate in the team’s rookie minicamp beginning Friday and then head to training camp as the No. 3 quarterback behind Allen and Barkley, trying to earn a roster spot.

Anderson began his 14-year NFL career as a sixth round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. For his career, he finishes with 10,878 yards passing, 60 touchdowns and 64 interceptions playing for the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, and the Bills.

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