Buffalo Bills Surprisingly Release Defensive End Mark Anderson

By Scott DelleFave
Mark Anderson
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

It was just announced that the Buffalo Bills  released defensive end Mark Anderson (No. 93 in the picture above). He played in just five games in 2012 and was seen as the possible opposite bookend to complement Mario Williams as the other free agent defensive end the team signed last year. He had signed a four-year, $20 million contract to stay in the division and leave the New England Patriots to sign with the Bills. Anderson only played in five complete games last year as he went down with a severe knee injury that was never completely explained. He had surgery and then had a major setback, as the team never placed him in season-ending injured reserve.

With the release of Anderson, the Bills split up his cap hit between this year and next year, $1.6 million this year and $3 million in 2014. The reasons aren’t clear as to why he was released, but it could have been his knee wasn’t fully cooperating with him during organized team activities and mini-camp or even the fact that Mike Pettine runs an extremely complex defense and values versatility and athleticism over nearly everything.

This might hurt the Bills in the depth department slightly, but they did bring in undrafted free agent Keith Pough and this could greatly increase the likelihood that he makes the final 53 man roster. Also with signing Manny Lawson and trading for Jerry Hughes, the writing could have been on the wall for Anderson. All in all, it shall be interesting to see if this hurts the Bills at all and also if any team out there tries to sign Anderson.

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