The Buffalo Bills envisioned a ferocious pass rushing attack for their defense after signing defense ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson last offseason. Williams, a two-time Pro Bowler, did not live up to the expectations of his six-year, $100 million ($50 million guaranteed) contract last season. Despite disappointing in his first season with the Bills, Williams’ job security remains intact in with the Bills for now. Anderson, on the other hand, was released today after spending just one injury-plagued season in Buffalo.
The Bills hoped Anderson could be a reckless force to attack the opposing quarterback after he excelled as a pass-rusher for the New England Patriots in 2011, posting a whopping ten sacks in the regular season and mustering 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the postseason. However, Anderson never panned out as designed in Buffalo, suiting up in just five games in 2012 for the Bills, registering one mere sack before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
The 30-year-old defensive end was cut a year after he signed a four-year, $21 million contract with the Bills. Anderson will pocket $7.9 million in guaranteed money for the remaining three years of the contract that was voided today.
Should the Patriots consider reuniting with Anderson? Assuming Anderson is healthy, he could provide a situational pass-rusher that the Patriots covet. The Patriots defense looks very good as is with an exceptional linebacking corps and a talented secondary. The lone-weakness for the Patriots may be their ability to pressure the quarterback.
Anderson proved his abilities as a third-down pass rusher with the Patriots in 2011. If Anderson is healthy, it may be worthwhile to give the defensive end a roster spot in training camp to see if he still has the tenacious ability to wreak havoc on the quarterback.