INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Defensive end Jamaal Anderson #90 of the Indianapolis Colts recovers a fumble by Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and returns the recovered ball 47-yards for a second quarter touchdown at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Bengals announced on March 23, 2012 that defensive linemen Derrick Harvey and Jamaal Anderson agreed to terms to play God's sport of football in Cincinnati. Anderson signed a rather surprising two-year deal worth $5.5 million in a move many of us suspected was in direct response to the team losing Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker earlier that month.
Despite the team failing to sign Amobi Okoye as a defensive tackle pass rusher, the Bengals overall plan may have been to move Anderson inside during pass rushing situations -- especially on third and long -- much like the way Cincinnati used Jonathan Fanene. And the newest Bengals defensive lineman wouldn't mind one bit.
“I know I'll be playing end and tackle, similar to what I was doing last year," he said. "Hopefully, I can get a little bit more play in at tackle. I plan on continuing to do what I do at defensive end, and I can do some more pass rushing at tackle."