Buffalo Felt Right: Mark Anderson said everything about Buffalo felt right to him and the college atmosphere surrounding the team were the main reasons he signed with the Bills. He said former teammate Mario Williams and Nick Barnett both helped convince him Buffalo was the right place for him. He said it is now time to get to work to prove what looks like a great defensive line on paper. Chan Gailey said that he feels Anderson can be a three down player. He was brought into New England as a situational pass rusher but due to injuries ended up playing more than expected.
Bills Sign Anderson: The Bills definitely are serious about building the best defensive line in football and may have done just that with their latest acquisition. The team has come to terms on a four year deal with free agent Mark Anderson. The deal is reportedly worth $27.5 Million with $8 Million of it guaranteed. He was in town for a visit and has signed with the team. He had 10 sacks last year for New England and could be used as a situational pass rusher on the opposite side of former teammate Mario Williams. This puts Dwan Edwards, Chris Kelsay, and Shawne Merriman's spots on the team in jeoparday. Kelsay is likely safe because of his run stopping ability. Anderson adds another top pass rusher and may take pressure off of Williams. This also makes it harder to see where Spencer Johnson and Alex Carrington fit in to the new 4-3 defense. Depth Chart.
Scott Re-Signs: The Bills have re-signed their second unrestricted free agent this week as they re-signed Bryan Scott today to an undisclosed deal. He brings depth to the safety position and can also play linebacker where depth is thin. He said he never wanted to leave the Bills and is happy a deal could be struck.
Anderson Visits: The Bills apparently are not done with free agency yet as they continue to look to bolster their defensive line. Patriots free agent defensive end Mark Anderson arrived in town last night and had dinner with Dave Wannstedt and other members of the coaching staff. He will have his official visit at One Bills Drive today. Anderson had 10 sacks in New England last year in what started out as a rotational role but turned into a full time role. Anderson played with Mario Williams for one year in Houston. He has already visited Baltimore, Miami, and Tennesse.
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Monday March 19, 2012
Hagan Re-Signed: The Bills re-signed another of their own unrestricted free agents by agreeing to a contract with WR Derek Hagan. He came on late in the season with the Bills after injuries decimated the receiving corps. He caught seven passes in the season finale against New England and had 13 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown in four games with the Bills after joining them in late November. Depth Chart.
Ticket Sales Update: Russ Brandon was back on WGR this morning updating everyone on the impact the Mario Williams signing has had on season ticket sales. Since he signed the Bills have added 1,400 new season tickets and have had 4,000 renewals. Ticket money is not even due for another two weeks. The impact was felt on the website and with the biggest day in ever for the mobile app. They also have had 6,000 people sign up for Williams' jersey when available. He needs to work out with Chris Kelsay who will keep the number 90. Jerseys are not available right now as the league is switching over to Nike.
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