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With lockout, Anderson uncertain of future

Derek Anderson won't know fate this fall, until new contract agreement reached
by: John Brewington FOOTWORK—Derek Anderson watches quarterback hopefuls footwork during his annual camp last Saturday at Scappoose High School.

'There's not much going on right now,' National Football League quarterback Derek Anderson said at his fifth-annual football camp on Saturday in Scappoose.

Anderson is currently on the roster of the Arizona Cardinals, but he and all others in the league have been locked out by NFL owners. Rulings and appeals will take some time. The pro football season is in question, even though both sides agree they want the teams to play.

'Everything is up in the air. We'll have to see what happens,' Anderson said. He was in Arizona in April, and has been spending his summer working out, and playing a little golf. The former Scappoose High and Oregon State University quarterback was back among friends after having a rough year.

'Everyday is summer for me,' he kids a young admirer at the locker room door.

Anderson says he is still on the Arizona roster, and nothing can or will be discussed with management until the lockout is over. His contract will be up, and he doesn't expect to be playing for them this season, but won't know if another team will pick him up until all the other matters are settled. No one is allowed to talk to each other at this point.

'I'm still there, they still have to cut me,' he said, but knowing he won't hear anything for quite awhile.

Anderson was relaxed and enjoying himself at the football camp. He brought along former NFL wide receiver Sterling Sharpe. Sharpe, now an analyst for the NFL Network, ran young receivers through their paces Saturday. He played six years for Green Bay, and was a three-time first team Pro Bowl selection.

'We run everywhere,' Sharpe told the youngsters. 'I did not fly halfway across the country to watch you walk.'

A little later, not thrilled with the hustle he was seeing, he said, 'Don't disrespect me or we're going to be doing up-downs all day. Who knows what up-downs are?' He gets a demonstration, and attention picks up.

Around 130 youngsters turned out for the camp this year. The camp was divided up by positions, and coaches ran them through their drills. A good contingent of parents and onlookers were on hand.

The NFL's problems, nor the ones Anderson had this past year, were on anybody's mind. It was just kids, football, and coaches.