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Bills cut Mark Anderson

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The Bills brought in a pair of free agent defensive ends to anchor their pass rush last season and neither move worked out exactly as planned.

Mario Williams was hampered by an injury to his wrist, although he still managed 10.5 sacks, and Mark Anderson was limited to just five games and one sack because of a knee injury. Williams will have a chance to improve on his 2012 results in Buffalo this season, but Anderson will have to do it elsewhere.

The Bills announced Tuesday that they have released Anderson, ending his tenure with the team abruptly and without much to show for his time in Buffalo other than the $7.9 million in guaranteed money he took home as part of the four-year deal he signed as a free agent. Williams was due to make $2.4 million in salary this season and had $1.6 million in bonuses. The Bills will face a cap charge of $4.5 million for Anderson overall thanks to the proration of his signing bonus, but that was obviously something the new regime in Buffalo was willing to swallow in order to walk away from a player they didn’t think could help them.

With Anderson gone, the Bills will now rely on Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson as edge players along with Williams in the multiple fronts employed by new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Anderson will now look for work that’s likely to put him back into the situational pass rusher role he played well for the Patriots in 2011.

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  1. gtorlone says: Jul 23, 2013 4:15 PM

    All Bills fans just hoping that it frees up the cap space necessary to sign Jairus Byrd between January and March of 2014.

  2. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    Fun fact: the 2012 Buffalo Bills (the team that was supposed to have an unstoppable defensive line) finished the season with 1 fewer sack than the Patriots.

  3. hehateme2 says: Jul 23, 2013 4:18 PM

    Just another bungle from the hapless Bills franchise. However, even with them shooting themselves in the foot each year, I see them passing the jests this season.

  4. trollaikman8 says: Jul 23, 2013 4:18 PM

    If this is the Anderson that played in Chicago, then Dallas may need to look into that knee and work this guy out.
    There are Jr.College teams with more DLine depth than the Cowboys.

  5. reverend5150 says: Jul 23, 2013 4:19 PM

    welcome back to Chicago?

  6. bengalbowl says: Jul 23, 2013 4:19 PM

    If they are relying on Manny Lawson for anything, they are in for a long year.

  7. jetgreeeen says: Jul 23, 2013 4:21 PM

    Back to the Pats!!!

  8. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jul 23, 2013 4:22 PM

    Come on back to BB.

  9. psuorioles says: Jul 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    Who? I honestly never heard of this guy before…

  10. wwwmattcom says: Jul 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    Ugh. What a blunder.

  11. thevedriper says: Jul 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    Go Bills…… And take the Sabres with you.

  12. kgun80 says: Jul 23, 2013 4:29 PM

    Um.. Uh ok. Well I guess they didn’t see him fitting in the “hybrid” D they are trying to implement. My question is.. Couldn’t this have been done earlier. Maybe giving us some wiggle room to resign Byrd? Well all I can say now is I hope this paves the way to a long term extension with Wood before the season starts… And can help is resign Byrd after the season.

  13. explosionsauce says: Jul 23, 2013 4:32 PM

    Manny Lawson coming off the edge….the laughter you hear is coming from 49ers and Bengals fans.

  14. bucrightoff says: Jul 23, 2013 4:32 PM

    Welcome to the Bucs.

  15. reignjc says: Jul 23, 2013 4:36 PM

    ;(

  16. stevent92 says: Jul 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    Dang it. NOT MARK ANDERSON!

  17. lewiscafarella says: Jul 23, 2013 4:42 PM

    Let me tell u sports fans, it’s absolutely heart breaking being a Buffalo sports fan. From “No Goal” to “Wide Right” the licks just keep on coming. Nothing or teams do surprises me anymore. Not one thing not one bit.

    Signed, disgruntled Buffalo sports fan.

  18. jnbnet says: Jul 23, 2013 4:47 PM

    He played great while he was with the Patriots

  19. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 23, 2013 4:50 PM

    there going to win it all now!!!!!

  20. whatnojets says: Jul 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    I am embarrassed that the Buffalo Bills actually
    play in the hinterlands of the Great State of New York!

  21. clavette says: Jul 23, 2013 5:25 PM

    bad teams stay bad for a reason. i want to like the bills i really do! but they constantly sign terrible players to terrible contracts and repeat the same cycle every year.

    i feel bad for you bills fans because you guys are one of the top fanbases in all sports

  22. ghostofnflpresent says: Jul 23, 2013 5:39 PM

    whatnojets says:
    Jul 23, 2013 5:17 PM
    I am embarrassed that the Buffalo Bills actually
    play in the hinterlands of the Great State of New York!
    ————————–

    Says the Jets fan who watches his team play in the Great State of New Jersey!

  23. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 23, 2013 5:45 PM

    bills fans, if u are depending on jerry hughes, well u guys are in for a let down, hasnt done anything in Indy, it was a fair trade tho

  24. talkingproud says: Jul 23, 2013 5:45 PM

    Now all they need to do is start Kevin Kolb every game and they are on their way to drafting Jadeveon Clowney with the 1st overall pick in the 2014 draft.

  25. whatnojets says: Jul 23, 2013 5:52 PM

    ghostofnflpresent says:
    Jul 23, 2013 5:39 PM
    whatnojets says:
    Jul 23, 2013 5:17 PM
    I am embarrassed that the Buffalo Bills actually
    play in the hinterlands of the Great State of New York!
    ————————–

    Says the Jets fan who watches his team play in the Great State of New Jersey!
    ———————————————————

    Yes, that is true but I do just happen to live in the Greatest City in The World called New York City!!

    Where do you hang up your hat at night????

  26. kwickett85 says: Jul 23, 2013 6:05 PM

    “Go Bills…… And take the Sabres with you.”

    The Sabres…really? Yea they went 21-21-6 this year but they’ve only had 1 losing season in the past 15 or 16 years… the Bills have been the exact opposite.

  27. pftbillsfan says: Jul 23, 2013 6:10 PM

    Free up the cap space, did I miss something? When did we sign a 26 million dollar player. We are nowhere near the floor. Ticket sales must be doing well so they figured they would cut some costs. God I wish I had been born in New York City, Pittsburgh, New England, or Honduras.

  28. kwickett85 says: Jul 23, 2013 6:12 PM

    “Yes, that is true but I do just happen to live in the Greatest City in The World called New York City!!

    Where do you hang up your hat at night????”

    New York City…the reason NY has some of the highest taxes in the country. Gotta pay for all those welfare rats.

  29. kgun80 says: Jul 23, 2013 6:21 PM

    whatnojets says

    Jul 23, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT
    ghostofnflpresent says:
    Jul 23, 2013 5:39 PM
    whatnojets says:
    Jul 23, 2013 5:17 PM
    I am embarrassed that the Buffalo Bills actually
    play in the hinterlands of the Great State of New York!
    ————————–

    Says the Jets fan who watches his team play in the Great State of New Jersey!
    ———————————————————

    Yes, that is true but I do just happen to live in the Greatest City in The World called New York City!!

    Where do you hang up your hat at night????
    ——————————————————
    Yep has to be a Jets fan… NYC is a great city but before you talk smack about Buffalo and other areas of the state you should realize its our hard earned tax dollars that keep NYC afloat.. Don’t S#%t where you eat.
    And as mediocre as the Bills are.. I’d take this roster over the pile of junk the Jets are working with any day!

  30. billsboy88 says: Jul 23, 2013 6:49 PM

    What exactly is it that makes NYC great? The overcrowding? The ridiculous property costs? The ridiculous cost of everything? The crime? The crazy mayor? The poor dialect? The traffic? The Mets? Lol @ New Yorkers, and no I don’t live in buffalo

  31. onebuffnation says: Jul 23, 2013 6:51 PM

    It’s gotta suck for Jets and Giants fans, that the team which represents their city, plays in dirty jersey… Lmaoffff

    As for Anderson… Who cares!?

    Can’t wait to play the jets in that new Ryan… Ughhhhh Mmmmm, I mean Pettin Defense… Lol

    War the Bills stable of receivers going shock n awe throughout their opponents this year!

  32. EJ says: Jul 23, 2013 7:09 PM

    Patskrieg dot com says:
    Jul 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    Fun fact: the 2012 Buffalo Bills (the team that was supposed to have an unstoppable defensive line) finished the season with 1 fewer sack than the Patriots.

    Well. when your Offense can’t stay on the field for longer than 3 downs It kind of puts a bit more pressure on your Defense. It also keeps them on the field for a lot longer and tires them out quicker. With that being said, Its understandable why they couldn’t accomplish what they were said to become.

    Don’t count on the D being down for too much longer, especially since the Offense is becoming a weapon. Time for the AFC East to go back to how it was in the 90′s.

  33. murraysons says: Jul 23, 2013 7:22 PM

    Say it with me now: sit u ational

  34. murraysons says: Jul 23, 2013 7:24 PM

    In EJ you trust, eh?

  35. beedubyatoo says: Jul 23, 2013 7:34 PM

    whatnojets says: Jul 23, 2013 5:52 PM

    ghostofnflpresent says:
    Jul 23, 2013 5:39 PM
    whatnojets says:
    Jul 23, 2013 5:17 PM
    I am embarrassed that the Buffalo Bills actually
    play in the hinterlands of the Great State of New York!
    ————————–

    Says the Jets fan who watches his team play in the Great State of New Jersey!
    ———————————————————

    Yes, that is true but I do just happen to live in the Greatest City in The World called New York City!!

    Where do you hang up your hat at night????
    —————————–
    Greatest city in the world, NYC? Have you ever crossed one of the rivers in any direction and left NYC?

    Delusional.

  36. mackcarrington says: Jul 23, 2013 7:44 PM

    As with anything, you can’t really judge something until results start coming in. If Mark Anderson signs with another team and becomes a notable, productive player, then you can say this was a stupid move. Until then, one can only just wait and see. Interestingly enough there are only a handful of former Bills in the league currently who would be considered productive players on their current teams. Donte Whitner, Jabari Greer, Marshawn Lynch and Antoine Whitfield come to mind. Levitre may add to that list. I think that says a little about the level of talent the team had in the past.
    Hopefully every move they make is an upgrade over what they currently have.

  37. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 23, 2013 8:23 PM

    Now the 49ers will pick him up and all the 49ers fans will think they are getting a star…..AGAIN!

  38. bgm9876 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:36 PM

    good. he played six games 6 tackles I think and I forget how much INTs….

  39. jpaq68 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:50 PM

    Yet another player takes a bundle of cash from Old Man Wilson and runs all the way to thebank with it.

    Signing with the Bills has got to be like winning the LOTTO.

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