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The Arizona Cardinals just keep adding to their tight end room.
On April 4, the Cardinals announced they have signed free-agent tight end Stephen Anderson to a one-year deal. Anderson started three games with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2021 and accumulated 165 yards receiving yards and one touchdown.
Anderson, 29, entered the league with the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016. He caught a career-high 25 catches in 2017 before being released in 2018. He also spent time with the New England Patriots and won a Super Bowl in 2018, despite never catching a pass for the team. Anderson had spent the last three seasons with the Chargers.
The product of California will now enter a tight end group with Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams. In the offseason, Ertz agreed to a three-year contract with the Cardinals and Williams stayed in Arizona on a one-year deal.
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What Anderson Brings to Cardinals
Anderson should provide depth and has experience in the league, which could likely signal the Cardinals not drafting a tight end in the NFL draft on April 28.
Not only can Anderson be used as a receiver, but he also has special teams experience, where he played 52% of his time as a special teamer in 2021. According to Pro Football Focus, Anderson graded well as a pass-blocker, amassing a 77.9 grade in 2021.
The 29-year-old showed some flashes as a pass-catcher with quarterback Justin Herbert, too.
Other than Ertz and Williams, Anderson joins tight ends David Wells, Deon Yelder, Bernhard Seikovits and Alex Ellis.