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THE BUFFALO BILLS HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH DEFENSIVE END MARK ANDERSON
Fri, 23 Mar 2012 01:13 PM EDT

The Bills signed Mark Anderson, their 2nd major free-agent splash in less than a week.

Anderson’s representative related the agreement is for 4 years and somebody familiar with the agreement said it is most likely valued at $27 million and includes $8 million warranted. NFL scores

Taking Anderson comes on the heels of last week’s whopping move in which the Bills signed Mario Williams to a 6-year deal probably worth $100 million, including $50 million assured.

Selected in the 5th round of the 2006 draft by Chicago, Anderson spent 4-plus seasons with the Bears before finishing the 2010 season playing with Williams in Houston.

After visiting several teams since the start of free agency, Anderson asserted Williams played a part in hiring him to sign with the Bills. Anderson was as well impressed with the way in which the Bills are building their defensive front.

Anderson is predicted to challenge for a starting job with returning vets Chris Kelsay and Dwan Edwards for the chance to play opposite Williams. The Buffalo Bills are changing to 4-down-linemen, 3-linebacker defense under recently promoted coordinator Dave Wannstedt. NFL odds

Buffalo’s already set in the middle with tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. Kyle Williams is anticipated to be fully recovered after having surgery in Nov. to mend a nagging foot injury. And Dareus is coming off a promising newbie season, during which the 1st-round draft pick led Buffalo with 5.5 sacks.

And don’t forget linebacker Shawne Merriman, who has one year left on his contract and is attempting to comeback after having surgery to repair both a shoulder injury and a bothering Achilles tendon.

Coach Chan Gailey related it’s too premature to determine Anderson’s part.

“Don’t put us in a corner yet regarding where everyone’s going to be,” Gailey expounded. “We’ve got some good football players, and we are going to ensure the best football players get on the field.”

Add it up, and the Bills have one of the NFL’s highest-priced defensive fronts by having committed more than $186 million in new salary over the past year. That includes Kyle Williams signing a 6-year, $39 million agreement extension in Aug., and Dareus’ 4-year, $20.4 million rookie agreement.

And it’s a line that now stands to be the strength of what had been a young, patchwork defense last year in taking the brunt of the blame for a 6-10 finish, including the Bills losing 8 of their last 9 games.

Buffalo ranked 30th in the NFL in allowing 434 points and 26th in permitting a franchise-worst 5,938 yards. They also managed twenty-nine sacks — Ten coming in one game — to complete in a 4-way tie for 27th.

Scott’s call to re-sign with Buffalo didn’t come as a surprise after the Buffalo Bills formerly indicated they would like him back. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Scott had 2 interceptions, 1 sack and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in 16 games, including 7 starts, last season.

Picked by Atlanta in the 2nd-round of the 2003 draft, the Penn State product spent his 1st three seasons with the Falcons and also played a year in New Orleans before signing with Buffalo in 2007.


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