Anderson jumps from Patriots to Bills

Buffalo Bills acquire defensive end Mark Anderson, who had 10 sacks for the New England Patriots last season.

The Buffalo Bills have made their second major defensive-line signing of the offseason.

New England defensive end Mark Anderson on Wednesday signed a free-agent contract with Buffalo, the Bills announced. Sportstars Inc., Anderson's agency, said the deal is for four years.

The Bills made a huge splash earlier this month by signing Houston defensive end Mario Williams to a six-year, $100 million contract. The expected addition of Anderson will further bolster Buffalo’s pass rush as the team moves to a 4-3 defensive scheme under new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt.

Anderson, 28, enjoyed a career resurgence in 2011 with the Patriots. Anderson posted his first season with double-digit sacks (10) since his rookie campaign with Chicago in 2005.

Anderson was in heavy demand in free agency. Besides the Bills and Patriots, who had interest in re-signing him, Anderson was courted by Tennessee, Baltimore and Jacksonville.

Anderson and Williams were teammates with the Houston Texans in 2010.

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