DE Mark Anderson joins Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots on Friday signed 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.

Terms of the deal were not announced. Anderson was at practice Friday, wearing No. 95.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Anderson, who entered the league as a fifth-round draft choice of the Bears in 2006, was with Chicago until Oct. 5 of last season. He was signed by the Houston Texans the next day and ended up playing 11 games (with two starts) for them.

Anderson has started in 20 of 77 games, totaling 154 total tackles, 25½ sacks, seven passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also has played in three postseason games, including Super Bowl XLI.

His 12 sacks in 2006 were the most of any rookie that year. He played defensive end in a 4-3 scheme that season.

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 joins that mix.

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

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.