CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Anderson has informed the Buffalo Bills of his intent to retire from the National Football League.
Originally a sixth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2006 NFL Draft after finishing his career at Oregon State University, Anderson played for four teams, the Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills, over his 13-year career.
“Derek let me know a few weeks back that he wasn't sure if he could be committed and wanted to still think about it,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said in a statement. “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.”
Over his 13-year career, the 35-year old Anderson posted a 20-29-0 record with 909 completions in 1,674 attempts (54.3 percent) for 10,878 yards and 60 touchdowns against 64 interceptions. Additionally, Anderson led seven fourth-quarter/overtime game-winning drives in his career, including six with the Browns.
In his four years with the Browns, Anderson went 16-18-0, completing 587 of his 1,109 attempts (52.9 percent) for 7,083 yards and 46 touchdowns against 45 interceptions.
During the 2007 season, Anderson entered the starting lineup in Week 2 and did not look back, as he led the Browns to a 10-5-0 record in 15 starts. Anderson completed 298 of his 527 attempts (56.5 percent) for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns against 19 interceptions. Two of his seven career game-winning drives came in the 2007 season.
Following the year, Anderson was named to the Pro Bowl, becoming the first Browns quarterback since Bernie Kosar in 1988 to be selected to the NFL’s annual All-Star Game.