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Patriots Free Agency 2012: Mark Anderson Signs With Buffalo Bills

Former New England Patriots defensive end Mark Anderson signed a four-year deal with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Anderson secured 10.0 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2011 as one of New England's primary pass-rushers, and the Patriots reportedly wanted him back in 2012. But the two sides could not come to an agreement and Anderson began exploring other options around the league.

Losing Anderson will surely hurt New England's pass rush, and fellow AFC East member Buffalo can now unleash the duo of Anderson with Mario Williams on quarterbacks around the league.

Prior to the 2011 season, the 28-year old Anderson had registered more than 5.0 sacks in just one season, when he had 12.0 sacks as a rookie in 2006. Anderson averaged just 2.7 sacks for the next five seasons before breaking out with the Patriots this past year.

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