Buffalo Bills Sign Free Agent Mark Anderson: Best Defensive Line in the NFL?

Josh CembellinCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2017

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos fumbles the ball as he is hit by defensive end Mark Anderson #95 of the New England Patriots who recovered the ball on the play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, the Buffalo Bills have officially signed free-agent pass-rusher Mark Anderson, formerly of the New England Patriots.

The move arguably gives the Bills one of the elite defensive lines in the entire league.

Anderson will be an ideal bookend to Mario Williams on the Bills defensive line, and the projected starting four could be as follows: RDE Mark Anderson, DT Kyle Williams, DT Marcell Dareus and LDE Mario Williams.

That’s nasty, ladies and gentlemen.

Buffalo set out to address the pass-rush in free agency, and I think it’s safe to say they exceeded expectations by signing both Mario Williams and Anderson.

In New England last year, Anderson recorded 12.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He’s 6’4” and 255 pounds with pure explosiveness and athleticism, making him a superb fit as an edge-rusher in the Bills’ new 4-3 base defense.

With the free-agent signings of two premier defensive ends in free agency, the Bills will likely skip on a pass-rusher with the 10th-overall pick in the draft. The sheer success of shoring up their pass-rush prior to the draft will allow the Bills to chip away at other holes and stay true to their draft board.

The Bills have had a rough stretch over the past decade and have made some questionable decisions during that span. But there’s no denying that this offseason has been a huge success so far, and Bills fans can only hope it continues come April.