Jamal Anderson could be a member of the New England Patriots as early as Monday afternoon.
According to Anderson's agent James Sims, reached by phone mid day on Monday, the team and his client have reached an "agreement in principle", but have not yet signed a contract. Sims said that Anderson is no longer negotiating with other teams and that reports of him looking to broadcasting as a possible alternative were never really an issue.
"Jamal is a football player and wants to play some football," Sims said. "He is on his way closer to the Boston area. We expect to have it done by the end of the day."
Anderson played eight seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, before being cut this offseason. The four-time, 1,000-yard rusher's best season came in 1998 when he rushed for 1,846 on 410 carries. Anderson had an ACL injury to his right knee in 1999 that limited him to just two games. After bouncing back from that injury to rush for 1, 024 yards in 2000, Anderson was injured again in 2001 when he tore the ACL in his left knee.
In his career in Atlanta Anderson rushed for 5,336 yards on 1,329 carries and scored 34 touchdowns.