INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Defendsive end Mark Anderson #95 of the New England Patriots celebrates a play against the New York Giants in the first quarter during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Defensive end / outside linebacker Mark Anderson was arguably the Patriots most consistent and prolific pass rusher in the 2011 season. He started the season as a pass rusher in sub-packages, and finished the year as a full-time starter at ROLB in the Patriots' 3-4 defense. When including the postseason, Anderson had 12.5 total sacks on the year.
That being said, Anderson certainly seemed in line for a raise heading into the 2012 offseason. Although he was an unrestricted free agent, Anderson and the Patriots both expressed a mutual interest in agreeing to a long-term contract. Unfortunately, there appeared to be a sizable gap in negotiations.
Now, on the fourth day of free agency, Anderson will begin visiting other teams. Today, that begins with one of the Patriots biggest rivals. According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, Anderson will visit the Miami Dolphins today.
Hopefully, Anderson won't land in Miami. If he does, the Patriots would not only regress by losing their best pass rusher, but they'll also have to face him twice a year. However, you've got to think that the chance of Anderson landing with their division rivals would make the Patriots go that extra step to get him under contract... Although we all know the Patriots won't pay significantly more whatever value they've placed on him.