Panthers wrap up James Anderson

July, 27, 2011
7/27/11
5:05
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The Carolina Panthers continue to make the most noise of any NFC South team so far.

ESPN’s John Clayton just reported the Panthers have reached an agreement with linebacker James Anderson on a five-year deal that could be worth up to $22 million, including $8.5 in guaranteed money.

That comes on the heels of the Panthers agreeing to terms with defensive end Charles Johnson and running back DeAngelo Williams. Although linebacker Thomas Davis still has a year remaining on his contract, it’s likely the Panthers also will give him a new deal in the near future.

Assuming Davis returns, Carolina has a linebacker corps that could be one of the best in the league. Davis and Anderson both play outside linebacker. When Davis missed last season with an injury, the Panthers moved Jon Beason from the middle to his spot.

Beason could go back to the middle or he could stay on the outside because Dan Connor emerged as a steady presence in the middle last season.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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