Patriots sign DE Mark Anderson

The Patriots announced the signing of veteran defensive end Mark Anderson, a pass-rusher whose best season came as a rookie in 2006 when he had 12 sacks for the Chicago Bears.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Anderson, who entered the league as a fifth-round draft choice of the Bears, was with Chicago until Oct. 5 of last season. He was signed by the Texans the next day and ended up playing 11 games (2 starts) for them.

Anderson has started in 20 of 77 games, totaling 154 total tackles, 25.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has also played in three postseason games, including Super Bowl XLI.

His 12 sacks in 2006 were the most of any rookie that year.

The Patriots have been working with six-year veteran Eric Moore and second-year man Jermaine Cunningham as their top ends in a four-man line. Anderson now joins that mix as a depth player.

The team also announced the release of defensive lineman Marlon Favorite, who was a longshot to make the roster.