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Anderson would lessen draft pressure

The Buffalo Bills could take most of the pass-rush pressure out of their draft plans if they add another free-agent defensive end. That's the possibility facing the Bills if they wind up signing free-agent Mark Anderson, who hit town tonight and is visiting with the Bills' coaches.

Anderson, who turns 29 in May, had 10 sacks for the Patriots in 2011 while playing 47 percent of the defensive snaps. He was a fifth-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears out of the University of Alabama in 2006 and had 12 sacks as a rookie. However, his sack totals dropped to 5, 1 and 3.5 the next three years. He had four sacks in 2010 while splitting the season between Chicago and Houston.

Anderson was a big bonus for the Patriots, who signed him to a one-year deal last August. He added 2.5 sacks in the playoffs. New England has interest in getting Anderson back. He has visited Baltimore, Tennessee and Miami so far this month. Tennessee may be out of the running for his services after signing free-agent Kamerion Wimbley to a big contract.

A deal with Anderson might give the Bills further flexibility in the NFL Draft, allowing them to look beyond pass-rushing prospects if one they do not love is not available when they pick in the early rounds.

---Mark Gaughan




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