Bills QB Derek Anderson Retires
Buffalo Bills quarterback Derek Anderson has informed the team that after 14 years, he has retired from the NFL. In his only year with the Bills he served mainly as a mentor to Josh Allen.
Anderson was convinced to come out of retirement last fall when Allen injured his elbow against the Houston Texans. Anderson started in games against Indianapolis and New England, but suffered a concussion against the Patriots, putting him in concussion protocol and restricted to the sideline.
He was non-committal about returning to the team for another season and this week finally made his decision and informed the Bills he had called it a career.
Anderson was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2005, then claimed off waivers by Cleveland in 2006 where he spent the next five seasons. He also played with Arizona and Carolina before agreeing to sign with the Bills last year.
Anderson's retirement now paves the way for Tyree Jackson, the University of Buffalo quarterback who went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, but was signed to a free agent contract by the Bills. Along with Allen and Matt Barkley, they are the only three quarterbacks on the Bills roster.