Buffalo Bills Release Mark Anderson A Year Too Late

By Matt Ploss
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA Today Sports

The Buffalo Bills have an unfortunate habit of giving out big contracts to players who don’t necessarily deserve them. Such was the case with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mark Anderson, and to a lesser extent, Mario Williams. The list goes on and on, but these three represent some of the most recent contractual blunders. Luckily, it looks as though the team is at least determined to correct such mistakes once they become apparent.

It was announced on Tuesday that the Bills would be parting ways with defensive end Mark Anderson after only one admittedly disappointing season with the team. Following a 2011 season that saw Anderson record 10 total sacks for the New England Patriots, the Bills were eager to bolster their defensive line by adding Anderson to the tune of a four-year, $21 million contract.

Anderson failed to measure up in his first and only season with the Bills, as he only managed to play in five games before getting injured. During those five games, Anderson recorded just one sack. Hindsight is always 20/20, but it shouldn’t have taken Buffalo this long to realize that they had signed a dud. Granted, Dave Wannstedt‘s impotent scheme was as much to blame for the Bills’ defensive troubles as the players were, but the amount of production the team got from Anderson wasn’t even close to being worth $21 million. Even a hobbled, depressed Mario Williams was able to record double-digit sacks last year.

Although it’s clear by now that the Bills never should have signed Anderson in the first place, there’s something to be said for a team that is forward-thinking enough to admit their mistakes and move on. It’s possible that this most recent roster cut is indicative of a brighter future in Buffalo, one defined by smarter, less-stubborn management decisions.

Matt Ploss is a Buffalo Bills writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewPloss, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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