They gave him a second round tender meaning he will make about $1.75 million this season. The former 5th round pick in 2006 had 12 sacks his rookie season, but over the last three seasons has had only 9.5 sacks. His 12 sacks in 2006, were the most sacks by a Bears rookie and the most by a Bears player since Richard Dent had 13½ in 1993.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli really liked what he saw from him during off-season meetings.
Handing Anderson the job might be a mistake. Mark Anderson took Alex Brown’s job in 2007, but Brown took it back over, now Brown is gone and it looks like Anderson has taken the job for good. Will just have to wait and see if he can bring his magical rookie season back.
It was reported when the Bears dumped Alex Brown that Israel Idonije and Mark Anderson would be in the mix for playing time opposite Julius Peppers. Since the Bears drafted Corey Wootton from Northwestern and are working last years picks Henry Melton and Jarron Gilbert into the mix at defensive end, Idonije might be the guy asked to move to defensive tackle.
Mark Anderson might want to have another 12 sack season if he wants to cash in next off-season and it might not be out of question with Julius Peppers opposite him and a healthy Tommie Harris on the inside.
Danieal Manning is the only Bear yet to sign his tender and the Bears are expected to tender him as a third rounder. Expect him to sign it very soon because the Bears want to see him as a nickel-back, since they re-acquired Chris Harris and drafted Major Wright. Manning will have a job on this team and nickel-back might be the spot he really excels at.