CHARLOTTE -- Linebacker James Anderson and safety Nate Salley signed their restricted free agent tenders on Monday, ensuring their return to the Panthers for the upcoming season.
They join tight end Jeff King -- another restricted free agent and fourth-year veteran -- who signed his tender earlier in the offseason. The trio represents the entire complement of restricted free agents for the Panthers this year.
Both Salley and Anderson were key contributors on special teams last year, with Salley finishing fifth on the Panthers with eight stops on kickoff and punt coverage last year. He played in all 16 games after returning from a knee injury that scuttled his 2007 campaign.
Anderson was inactive for the first six games of the season and the first two games after the Week 9 bye in 2008, but played in each of the regular season's final six games. His only work at linebacker last year came in the pair of wins over New Orleans. He had two tackles and a pass breakup in the Week 7 home win over the Saints and added a tackle in the regular-season finale at the Louisiana Superdome.