We have released DE Jamaal Anderson. #Bengals
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) July 10, 2013
This is an unfortunate move, but one that appeared likely with so many young and talented defensive lineman on the roster.
Anderson was drafted with the 8th overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2007 NFL Draft, but never did live up to his potential. He didn’t record his first NFL sack until the 2008 NFL season. Up to this point, he has just 7.5 career sacks.
After being released by the Falcons and having a forgettable one season with the Indianapolis Colts, Anderson looked to come to Cincinnati last offseason in hopes that Mike Zimmer could help revive his career, and after a promising training camp, he suffered a torn quadriceps muscle late in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 2 34-27 win over the Cleveland Browns.
When Anderson did get injured last season, he was put on the IR and his roster spot was filled with the signing of Wallace Gilberry, who came on to become one of the team’s best pass-rushers on a defense that set a franchise record for sacks.
Hopefully he can manage to bounce back elsewhere. The move will saves the Bengals $2.5 million in cap space.