Patriots Free Agent DE Mark Anderson Visits The Ravens

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Defensive end Mark Anderson #95 of the New England Patriots celebrates after forcing a fumble by quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos and recovering 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)

UPDATE 8:46 p.m.: It looks like Mark Anderson isn't done with his visits. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio is reporting that Anderson will be hosted by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday. He arrived at One Bills Drive late Tuesday night.

The Bills already inked Mario Williams to a monster $100 million deal, and don't appear to be stopping there. They could use Anderson on passing downs on the right side, with Williams on the left side.

According to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, New England Patriots free agent defensive end/outside linebacker Mark Anderson visited the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday afternoon for a another stop on what has been a troubling tour if you're a Patriots fan.

While Anderson would be a tremendous candidate to replace the outgoing Cory Redding and Jarret Johnson, the Ravens appear to have plenty of company, including the Patriots.

Anderson's visit with Baltimore marked his third free agent visit, as he's already visited the Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans It is not clear if any of these teams have offered Anderson a contract, but he could decide in the next few days on his next team in the coming days. Anderson and the Patriots have been in contract talks, but there doesn't appear to be to much traction. But as we all know, Bill Belichick and company work in mysterious ways.

The Dolphins appear to be the biggest threat in all of this, as they seek a replacement for pass rusher Kendall Langford, who signed with the Rams over the weekend. The Titans are likely out of the picture, as they came to terms with former Raiders pass rusher Kamerion Wimbley earlier Tuesday. The Jaguars have also expressed interest in Anderson, so it could be a five-team race for Anderson.

The interest in Anderson is not surprising, as he had tremendous success with the Patriots in 2011. Anderson played all sixteen regular seasons, and recorded 10.0 sacks as a designated pass rusher in Belichick's defensive scheme as both a defensive end and an outside linebacker.

Since Anderson appears to have rebuilt his value up to level it was during his 12-sack rookie season in 2006, he could simply go to the highest bidder. With no bias intended, I still think Anderson is best suited in a Patriots uniform in 2012. He's best used in situational packages, and I still don't think he's an every down player like these other teams want to use him as. But with all this interest he's drawing, it seems less and less likely that he'll be back next season.

Either way, we'll most likely hear a decision from Mr. Anderson sooner rather than later.

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