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Bills sign Mark Anderson to four-year deal

New York Giants quarterback Manning passes over New England Patriots' Anderson in the fourth quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis Reuters

The Bills added Mario Williams early in free agency and now they’ve made another move to bolster their pass rush.

Mark Anderson, who had 12.5 sacks with the Patriots over the 2011 regular season and playoffs, has signed a four-year deal with the team. The Bills will hold a press conference later this afternoon to officially announce the deal. Financial terms aren’t yet available.

Anderson had 12 sacks for the Bears as a rookie, but only came up with 13.5 across the next four seasons before landing in New England. That inconsistency has to be a concern, but pass rushing is always at a premium around the NFL. With Mario Williams at left end, Anderson figures to be planted on the other side in passing situations and the presence of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus inside should make life difficult for opposing offensive lines.

That’s a big change at a spot where the Bills looked very weak last season. It’s now a definite strength and one that could make a big difference in the standings for Buffalo.

 

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  1. bucrightoff says: Mar 21, 2012 2:33 PM

    Scariest D-line in the league

  2. joemac1114 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:33 PM

    Sweet get a left tackle in the Draft and this team could get to the playoffs.

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 21, 2012 2:34 PM

    I’d still draft another pass rusher if I’m the bills. Still don’t know if Anderson will revert to his old self.

  4. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 21, 2012 2:34 PM

    I remember when Mark Anderson was on The Texans two years ago. Always wanted him to get more playing time, he had 4-5 sacks in one season as a situational pass rusher. Dude’s got talent if on the right d-line.. Good signing for the bills. They already got int’s all year long.. The amount of people they’ll be able to drop into coverage now is gonna be insane.

  5. santolonius says: Mar 21, 2012 2:34 PM

    bills are doing it right. they could have a monster D next year. just stay away from the bounties, fellows.

  6. notthekiller says: Mar 21, 2012 2:34 PM

    Gotta be honest,I like the Bills chances this year!

    AFC East Standings

    1.) Pats 12-4
    2.) Bills 11-5
    3.) Jets 9-7
    4.) Fins 4-12

  7. aflak305 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:34 PM

    The bills lifetime membership as a Kmart shopper is now over with. Welcome to Macy’s buffalo!!!

  8. frostbelt says: Mar 21, 2012 2:34 PM

    Love it! The dude actually had 17.5 sacks last season including playoffs (according to pro football focus)

    He was in on 5 of the “non accounted” sacks

    Buffalo’s D-line is going to be scary good

  9. revanslightsaber says: Mar 21, 2012 2:35 PM

    Nice move. They do have a heck of a pass rush now

  10. beyond2k says: Mar 21, 2012 2:35 PM

    Go Bills!!! Keep it up.

  11. ghostofnflpresent says: Mar 21, 2012 2:35 PM

    Tom Brady has just poop’d himself!

  12. buddynixon says: Mar 21, 2012 2:36 PM

    LOL. The Bills now have the best D-Line in the league.

    Who in the world do you block?

    #ComingForYouGiants

  13. riverhorsey says: Mar 21, 2012 2:36 PM

    not bad for a team that lost 8 out of it’s last 9.

  14. sabrenation81 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:36 PM

    Wow!

    Super Mario, Kyle Williams, Marcel Dareus and now a situational pass rusher proven capable of double digit sacks. That pass rush is looking DEADLY. This team went from the worst pass rush in the league to potentially one of the best ever…

    Who do you double team?

    Great time to be a Bills fan!

  15. captainhindsight123 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:37 PM

    The Bills get These two and The pats get Stallworth haha I love this offseason!

  16. stubbyjones says: Mar 21, 2012 2:37 PM

    Damn OBD gets it done again!! The Bills went from the worst D to possibly the best in a span of a week..

    Go Bills!

  17. rabidbillsfan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:37 PM

    Wow, another smart move. Kelsay and Anderson will probably rotate on Running and Passing downs. The Bills draft plans are becoming clearer and clearer as we get closer to the draft. The obviously didn’t see something they liked from the top DE prospects or they wouldn’t have gone out and spent loads on it. Just please, please don’t take Reilly Reiff. Flloyd or Jeffrey maybe? This defense is starting to look like the Defense of the early 2000′s, and we actually have an offense that can compliment it.

  18. zoxitic says: Mar 21, 2012 2:38 PM

    Holy cow that’s gonna be a scary line.

  19. rexismybff says: Mar 21, 2012 2:38 PM

    Brady better be getting ready for a lot of time in the trainer’s room this year.

    Nice job Bills!

  20. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:39 PM

    my bills are for real! watch out tom brady

  21. dacapt704 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:39 PM

    That line is gonna be sick! Reminds me of the once great “S-Crew” D-line combo of: Smith, Still, Smerlas & Seale….

    Yeah Im showing my age here

  22. talkintrashallday says: Mar 21, 2012 2:40 PM

    we’re all so caught up in Peyton, Tebow and S.Payton…the Bills have quietly gotten A LOT better.

  23. nyjalleffingday says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    Being a Jets fan is funnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    …please kill me

  24. chc4 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    Mark Sanchez is cryin’ in his double frappucino with extra whipped cream!

  25. billsfan1 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    why the hell couldnt we do this stuff 9 years ago…..

  26. toddfather says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    I’m pumped ! Keep it going Bills!

  27. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    So I’m assuming the Pats are switching back to a 3-4 and drafting some actual talent for the front seven? Because otherwise letting one of the only productive pass rushers the Patriots have had in years is a really dumb move.

  28. kchi55 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    Who do the Bills think they are? The Giants?

  29. zor9999 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    The Bills get the advantage of bringing in a guy who most likely had opportunities to go against Gronk and Hernandez in practice.

  30. xstaticonradio says: Mar 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    best defensive line in the NFL easily

  31. blacknole08 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    Billls could have a top 10 offense AND Defense next season. They will still miss the playoffs though.

  32. cantankerous503 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    Great signing, Buffalo! I really like this addition!

  33. watermelon1 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    Haha, the Ravens strike out again. Seems like every free agent who visits the Ravens ends up signing with the very next team they go to. Sounds like Ozzie is losing his “magic.”

  34. trojanwarrior007 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    See ya Merriman & Kelsay.

  35. snasri8 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    D-line is a good place to start when trying to turn around a team, ask Detroit.

  36. mailmanmalone says: Mar 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    Brady: “I hope Buffalo’s hospitals are better than there hotels”

  37. biggestloser79 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    The Bills are going to have a great front next year

  38. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 21, 2012 2:46 PM

    bet they offered the most money… glad to see the jills spend however. They’re playoff drought is getting long….

  39. thagreatone24 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:47 PM

    Not a bills fan but they r definitely making moves to improve…as an avid NFL fan I love to see that!!!

  40. drunkenbuffalo27 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:47 PM

    Dang, the boys at OBD are doing some work this offseason. Gotta love it.

  41. zonedogz says: Mar 21, 2012 2:47 PM

    Buffalo defense is gonna put a hurtin’ on teams this year!
    Go Bills!!!

  42. tolan04 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:48 PM

    This defense is looking scary good.

  43. jacksonjames4 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:48 PM

    this defense just became 1 of the top in the league over the last couple weeks.

  44. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Mar 21, 2012 2:49 PM

    Could still use a couple LB’s, but i like it

  45. ralphwilsonisrich says: Mar 21, 2012 2:49 PM

    Were finally seeing the 93 year old owner open is purse up.

  46. mindcrime401 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:51 PM

    Best Bills Defensive front since Bruce Smith, Ted Washington, and Phil Hansen back in the old 3-4. I love what the Bills are doing.

  47. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Mar 21, 2012 2:53 PM

    i wish they would have gone after Demeco Ryans

  48. nickyfabs says: Mar 21, 2012 2:55 PM

    First the Bills get super mario, now we’re signing FAs away from the Pats…awesome offseason!

  49. schmitty2 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:56 PM

    If this defense shapes up the way people think it can and if the offense can sustain what it had the first part of last year then this can be a downright scary team

  50. sschmiggles says: Mar 21, 2012 2:57 PM

    Lol, let’s see how they actually play before we crown them champs.

    Seemed to me they had a lot more problems on D than just their pass rush last year. And Anderson is far from a dominant pass rusher.

  51. sschmiggles says: Mar 21, 2012 3:00 PM

    Patskrieg dot com says:
    Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM
    So I’m assuming the Pats are switching back to a 3-4 and drafting some actual talent for the front seven? Because otherwise letting one of the only productive pass rushers the Patriots have had in years is a really dumb move.
    ______________________

    Anderson isn’t worth the money the Bills just paid him.

    Let Buffalo find that out the hard way.

  52. slippyal2 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:04 PM

    The Bills biggest problem the last 13 years beside QB play, has been getting off the field on 3rd down. This is great addition.

  53. mungman69 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:05 PM

    Wait a minute, the Jets and Aints are out and Bullalo is in. Maybe it’s that global warming?

    Bills- 12-4
    Pats- 11-5
    Fins- 6-10
    Jets- What a joke.

  54. buffalobillsrico says: Mar 21, 2012 3:08 PM

    We will be a defense force this yr! 17rs as a fan good and bad(No-Bandwagoner)…it’s gonna feel so good to be elite again.

  55. buffalochips0609 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:09 PM

    Buddy Nix is the man! Bills have never had a good defensive line and are well on the way – With Wannstadt as D-coordinator, along with Dareus, Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Mark Anderson and if Shawn Merrimann stay’s healthy, I can dust off my #12 Kelly jersey finally and bring it out of the closet.

  56. ytsejamer1 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:09 PM

    Good pick up…even though MA was a free agent, he’s still not going back to the Pats and that puts a dent in their defense a bit. Anderson did exactly what he was supposed to last year, did it well, and now he’s rewarded with a new contract.

    Hope he sends BB a thank you card for giving his career a jump start.

  57. southridge23 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:11 PM

    I’m a diehard bills fan but can these guys play first before they’re “the scariest d line in the league”??

    Besides..I’d still trade our line for tuck, Canty, osi, and jpp…let’s let the guys play

  58. portnoychunk says: Mar 21, 2012 3:11 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and would rather see the Bills battle for the decision than the Jets – Bills fans are tolerable and long-suffering. Let’s save the predictions of putting Brady in a hospital until later, you know, after the teams have actually played a down.

    Bills D will be a force to be reckoned with – and that offense will be pretty potent as well if everyone is healthy. Pats will certainly have their hands full this year.

    At least we can all enjoy the misery of the Jets fans. Tebow! Bwahahaha!

  59. portnoychunk says: Mar 21, 2012 3:13 PM

    *division…not “decision”…man I’m stupid today.

  60. doctorfootball says: Mar 21, 2012 3:15 PM

    Unfortunately for the Bills, they still have a lousy quarterback, while the Pats have Tom Brady. Even though the Bills have vastly improved their defensive line, it still doesn’t compare to how good the Giants defensive line is. Bills will be better. But the Pats, and possibly even the Jets, are still better. That Bills secondary is God awful.

  61. billsfan1 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:22 PM

    Lol, let’s see how they actually play before we crown them champs.

    Seemed to me they had a lot more problems on D than just their pass rush last year. And Anderson is far from a dominant pass rusher.

    agree 100%. I am excited as hell but we still have to play the games… as far as other problems, you are correct sir, but a good pass rush can make other parts of the d look much better… that being said, if the d line is as good on the field as it is on paper, then we are going to be marketdly improved…. who knows how many wins that translates too

  62. romeisburningtfb says: Mar 21, 2012 3:30 PM

    Signed a 4 year $27.5 million deal with $8M guaranteed…I am sorry, but as a Pats fan, Anderson is not worth this money. His sack numbers were definitely inflated.

    The Pats are so good at taking low end/middle class talent on the twilight of their careers and getting them to produce. I am not worried.

    Good luck to Anderson on his pay day. Having Mario Williams on the other side should free him up too.

  63. yanksbills says: Mar 21, 2012 3:57 PM

    So who are we KEEPING on defense?

  64. rnt2000 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:01 PM

    From the WORST “D”to possibly the leagues BEST “D” from the looks of this I think the other NFL teams might want to get some insurance on their QB’s next season because I for-see them hitting the ground a lot. Bout time they had a great free agency….now we wait and see what they do in the draft.

    “BILLS FAN FOR LIFE”

  65. thehouseofho says: Mar 21, 2012 4:10 PM

    The Bills D-line looks pretty nasty, but to say they’re easily the best D-line in the league is quite a bit of hyperbole.

    The Giants can trot out any combination of Tuck, JPP, Osi, Canty and Kiwi on passing downs. The Lions push out Suh, Fairley, Vanden Bosch and Avril. Those two D-Lines are on par or better than what the Bills are running.

  66. howiehandles says: Mar 21, 2012 4:17 PM

    Let’s see how he plays now that he’s scored a nice deal. I’ve seen this act before when he played with the Bears.

  67. pbanach01 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:23 PM

    Well that fills our holes in the d-line. Now we just need some depth on the o-line, line backing core and wrs. Go bills!

  68. rabidbillsfan says: Mar 21, 2012 4:35 PM

    I can’t believe some of these posts. Anderson isn’t worth $7mil.? Are you kidding me? Keep hating, these Bills contracts are some of the best handed out in FA so far. The Bucs are the only team I would say to have trumped them in that category. Also, whomever said the Bills secondary was awful, you are a moron. They are bad because they had to hold there man for 6-10 sec every snap because no body was getting pressure. They were tied for 6th in picks and 5th in turnovers as a unit. All of the Bills struggles started up front, anybody who says otherwise doesn’t know what they are talking about. Wilson and Byrd are a top saftey duo, and McKelvin, Williams, Florence, and McGee are a more than capable DB group. Fix the D-Line, and fix the defense. This will be a top-10 unit this season.

  69. kgunforhire says: Mar 21, 2012 6:09 PM

    Really like this signing. Anderson is an upgrade over Kelsay and I hope takes over the starting job. Seeing as how a lack of depth killed the Bills last year, they’re certainly solidifying that aspect of their team. The Giants showed exactly what a deep pass rush can do and hopefully the Bills can strive to duplicate that type of success.

  70. papagambino says: Mar 21, 2012 6:38 PM

    Let’s see now, Anderson did nothing before he played for the Pats. I wonder if Bill B had anything to do with his success last year.

    By the way the Bills still have no QB

  71. billsfanstuckntx says: Mar 21, 2012 6:41 PM

    Being a Bills fan for almost 30 yrs its good to see them finally do something in free agency!! The past 12 yrs have been Hell!!

  72. thegonz13 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:52 PM

    Guess that d-line will have to be taken mote seriously…

  73. leninthebuff says: Mar 21, 2012 6:56 PM

    How things change…it’s March 21 st and it’s 82* in Buffalo we have signed 2 FA DE’s, have a fearsome DL and most are now talking playoffs Thank you Buddy Nix well thank for changing the outlook on the Bills mother nature took care of the weather lol

  74. blue22ro says: Mar 22, 2012 2:09 AM

    gettin ready to lose another 4 in a row…

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