Mark Anderson to Visit Miami Dolphins: What Does It Mean? Should They Sign Him?

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IMarch 16, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Mark Anderson #95 of the New England Patriots reacts to a play in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots made a successful switch to the 4-3 defense with a pair of offseason acquisitions: defensive ends Andre Carter and Mark Anderson.

The Miami Dolphins are looking to replicate that successful transition by bringing in one of the very same players to help. Anderson is scheduled for a visit with the Dolphins, according to Aaron Wilson of


What Does It Mean?

Anderson has expressed interest in remaining with the Patriots. While the feeling is mutual, the Patriots want to keep him at their price only. Anderson's visit with the Dolphins is likely to see whether he can find a better price elsewhere, or maybe even to drive the asking price up for the Patriots.

The market is always rich for a pass-rushing presence like Anderson, and with plenty of money to spare—especially if the Dolphins truly bow out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes—the Dolphins shouldn't have a hard time beating New England's offer.

Should They Sign Him?

After extending defensive tackle Paul Soliai on Tuesday, the Dolphins are looking for a book-end defensive end to pair with Cameron Wake. With Soliai, Wake and defensive tackle Jared Odrick in the fold, adding Anderson seems like the last piece of the puzzle.

Anderson excelled as a sub package pass rush specialist in New England, but his Achilles heel is run defense. The Dolphins could line him up next to Soliai in hopes that the run-stuffing defensive tackle could provide him some support in such situations.

Adding a pass rusher like Anderson would help Miami's defense in more ways than it would hurt them, as it would also make the need for help in the secondary less pressing.