The Buffalo Bills suddenly have an opening in their quarterback's depth chart after veteran Derek Anderson informed general manager Brandon Beane on Thursday that he intends to retire.
Anderson, who has his home in the offseason in Arizona, had not participated in the team's off-season conditioning program until this time. In an interview with The Buffalo News, Beane confirmed that Anderson had let him know "a few weeks ago" that he was considering withdrawing.
"I knew that entering the draft this was something that could potentially happen, but it was not final," said Beane. "We spoke again this week, and he let me know today that he will retire."
As for the reason why he decided to retire, Beane decided to let Anderson reveal that, but said "he knows that it takes a certain amount to prepare, a commitment, and I told him" if everything is not right, that's all. It is not good for you or for us. Think about it. "You never want to talk to someone outside retirement, if they're inclined … that way, that's the best decision for them, which means it's also the best decision for us."
Anderson, 35, came to the Bills in October of the 2018 season. He was pushed into the starting lineup less than two weeks after rookie starter Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury in a Week 5 game against Houston. , a game that was lost when substitute Nathan Peterman threw a crushing selection of six.
Anderson completed 20 of 31 pbades for 175 yards and three interceptions in a 37-5 loss to Indianapolis in Week 6, and then started again the following week against New England on Monday night. He had 22 of 39 pbades for 290 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in that contest before going late in the game with a concussion, an injury that would keep him out for several weeks.
Still, Anderson played an important role for the Bills as Allen's veteran mentor, the team's prized acquisition of the 2018 draft. Allen made mention several times last season of how valuable Anderson's guidance was to him, which led the Bills to announce a one-year contract with Anderson the day after the 2018 season ended.
"I mean Derek, we appreciate what he did," said Beane. "He came into a difficult place, he was put into action faster than we had ever anticipated, but you know, he did a good job." Obviously, by taking him to Josh, I think Josh will be able to take some of these things. As I said, I was sorry I had such a hard time doing it, I was glad when we did it and I really appreciated your time here, it was here as much as any other player, it was here, it was inside and it was really a great resource for Josh, Matt Barkley and for (offensive coordinator Brian) Daboll. "
Anderson's decision to retire is undoubtedly good news for Tyree Jackson, the quarterback at the University of Buffalo, who was officially announced on Thursday as one of the eight undrafted free agents signed by the Bills.
"We were keeping an eye on quarterbacks, especially on Saturday (draft)," said Beane. "We did a little more work with the quarterbacks, we went back and observed some guys once we understood this word, and we made sure we were stacked as we thought they should be." Since it got late, you will not want to root for it. Someone is not recruited, but at the same time we were delighted with the opportunity to bring Tyree here and allow him to compete, especially knowing that he can start as No. 3 instead of No. 4 if it is the DA. he retires, what he now did. "
Beane said earlier that he would prefer to have three quarterbacks on the roster for training camp, which Anderson sets for the Bills retirement.
"At this moment we are going to shoot with these three," he said. "We'll see how Tyree fits and how he does it, give him a chance to compete, we'll get him out of there, on the training field, I do not think you need four quarterbacks, we do not have these two, one day, there just are not enough shots for these guys.
"If you have three healthy guys, especially a quarterback who is in the second year and needs all the reps you can get with all of our players, it's really hard to give four players a chance to compete, so my plan is now Let these three compete, but listen, we're always looking, if we think it makes more sense to us at any time, we would, but we're excited to have Tyree and we're excited to see him out here this weekend. "