Mark Anderson to Buffalo Bills: Does Buffalo Now Have AFC's Best D-Line?

Dan Van Wie@@DanVanWieContributor IIIMarch 21, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Mark Anderson #95 of the New England Patriots reacts after he recorded a sack against Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Giants won 21-17. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills had a busy day Wednesday at One Bills Drive. The Bills re-signed safety hybrid Bryan Scott to a contract and followed that up by signing free-agent defensive end Mark Anderson of the New England Patriots to a contract.

Anderson signed a four-year deal, which will pay him $27.5 million with $8 million guaranteed. 

There were no financial terms announced yet on the deal for Scott.

Not only does this deal take pressure off of Buddy Nix to draft another pass-rusher early in the draft, but it also helps to weaken the pass-rush of the New England Patriots, eliminating the chance for Anderson to return to the Patriots.

Anderson was tied for the team lead in sacks for the Patriots last year with Andre Carter. Anderson played less that half of the snaps in New England last year, according to this article from Chris Brown of

Brown mentioned in the article that after Pro Football Focus reviewed all of the Patriots' game footage of 2011, they felt that Anderson should have been credited with 15 sacks instead of 10.

Bringing in another strong pass-rusher at the defensive end opposite of Mario Williams, to be part of a line that also includes defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, gives the Bills the most formidable defensive line in the AFC. They could very well challenge the defensive lines of Detroit and San Francisco for best in the NFL.

There do not appear to be any weaknesses on the Bills defensive line from a pass-rush perspective. In addition to the players already mentioned, the Bills also have Torrell Troup, Alex Carrington, Kellen Heard and Chris Kelsay to support them from a rotational depth perspective. 

The signing of Scott and Anderson completes the vast majority of free-agency moves for the Bills needs on defense. This offseason, the Bills re-worked Terrence McGee's contract, re-signed Kirk Morrison and Scott and brought in free agents Mario Williams and Anderson. 

Going forward, the Bills will probably release defensive end Dwan Edwards, who doesn't fit into the new 4-3 scheme under defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. The Bills can now look towards the 2012 draft to begin adding to the depth of the team as they prepare to make a run at the playoffs.

Things are looking up for the Buffalo Bills, especially for their defense.