Former Patriots DE Anderson cut by Bills

Former Patriots defensive end Mark Anderson, who turned a solid 2011 campaign in New England into a lucrative four-year deal with the Bills last year, was released by Buffalo today. The Bills announced the move.

Anderson might consider sending Bill Belichick a thank-you note given the turn of events. He was looking for work when the Patriots signed him to a modest one-year deal worth $1.37 million in the 2011 preseason. Anderson responded with a solid season as the team's nickel rusher, posting 10 sacks and proving to be a solid injury replacement for Andre Carter at outside linebacker late in that season.

Last offseason, the Bills then signed him to a four-year contract reportedly worth $19.5 million, with the pact paying Anderson $8 million in his first season and $10.5 million in the first two years.

Anderson sustained a season-ending knee injury early last season in Buffalo, where he was paired opposite of Mario Williams, and only played in five games (4 starts). He was credited with 12 tackles and one sack.