By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Mark Anderson – Signed by the Bills in 2013
Some free agent signings don’t require much time to be recognized as mistakes. Defensive end Mark Anderson qualifies in this department from the Bills’ standpoint.
The fifth-round draft choice of the Bears was an instant hit in 2006. He had 12 sacks and finished second in the voting for defensive rookie of the year. Anderson didn’t reach those heights again during the rest of his time with the Bears. He made a comeback in 2012, recording 10 sacks as a pass-rusher specialist.
The Bills saw enough of Anderson that season to think he could help their defensive line. He signed a deal that was four years in length and potentially worth $19.5 million. Anderson played in five games with one sack, and suffered a season-ending knee injury. The Bills had seen enough of Anderson again, and released him. The veteran was guaranteed a little less than $8 million, but Buffalo saved some money. Even so, it was one of the worst free-agent signings in Bills history. Anderson never played in the NFL again.
Here’s a highlight of Mark’s time here:
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