According to the Buffalo Bills team website, the Bills have released defensive end Mark Anderson just days before training camp. Anderson was signed last offseason to a four year contract worth $19 million. Anderson was supposed to provide a significant boost to the Bills defensive line along with the blockbuster deal of last offseason, Mario Williams. Due to the lack in pass rushing by the defense, the two were supposed to be quarterback sacking studs, but it seemed as if only one panned out. While Williams accomplished 10.5 sacks last season, Anderson appeared in only five games, missing the final 11 due to injury. The defensive end earned one sack and a pass defended the entire year.
Anderson exploded with a strong season with the New England Patriots which turned into a big contract from Buffalo that paid him roughly $20 million over the next four years.
It seems as if the new coaching staff of the Bills had other plans throughout the offseason to fix the pass rushing woes. They signed OLB Manny Lawson, who had 39 tackles and two sacks last season, in free agency and traded their starting MLB, Kelvin Sheppard, to the Indianapolis Colts for another pass rusher in LB Jerry Hughes who achieved 41 tackles and four sacks last season.
Bills fans shouldn’t be concerned about the roster move. The release of Anderson just makes the cap even bigger. Also, by making this release, it seems as if Buffalo is buying into the Jairus Byrd holdout. With Anderson being released, it should give the organization plenty of enough money to sign Byrd by the start of training camp.