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1 year ago

The Bills released DE Mark Anderson on Tuesday.  The move came just a year after the team gave him a nearly $20 million contract.  That deal looked questionable at the time, and then Anderson lost 11 games to injury in his lone Buffalo season.  He enjoyed arguably his best year with New England in 2011, tallying 10 sacks in primarily a situational pass-rushing role.  That's where he should land with a new team.  Anderson can help an NFL that way but is a poor bet for IDP value anywhere.  The Bills sport no obvious candidate to take over Anderson's DE snaps when the team goes 4-3 up front.  Former Colts 1st-round bust Jerry Hughes might get a chance there, though.

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3 years ago

The Bills decided Wednesday to sign DE Mark Anderson to a contract they'll likely come to regret (or end early). The former Patriot will reportedly get $27.5 million over 4 years, with $8 million of that guaranteed. Anderson performed well as a pass rusher in his lone season with the Patriots, producing 10 sacks as a situational player. It was his 2nd double-digit sack season in 6 years as a pro. (In between he tallied 13 sacks over 4 seasons, with no more than 4.5 in any single year.) The problem is he's just a situational player. Anderson rated well in run D last year, according to Pro Football Focus. He also played just 47.2% of the Patriots' total defensive snaps. Even that number was inflated by a dramatic increase in playing time after Andre Carter hit IR. For fantasy owners, Anderson could be a sack threat but is very risky. He will never be a tackle producer. He's a matchup play at best.

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