Finally! Some solid, "for sure" news coming out of One Bills Drive. The club announced that defensive end Anthony Hargrove and defensive tackle Tim Anderson both signed their qualifying offers, meaning that both will be back with the Bills in 2007 on one-year deals. Both would also become unrestricted free agents after next season.
Hargrove, acquired in a mid-season trade with the St. Louis Rams last season, quickly asserted himself as an athletic presence - as well as a vocal leader. Anderson has been with the Bills for four years, but finds himself in a crowded tackle rotation that includes Larry Tripplett, Kyle Williams, Darwin Walker and John McCargo.
At this juncture, Hargrove will be counted on to be Buffalo's pass-rushing fourth defensive end. Hargrove played a lot of defensive tackle in passing situations last season, but should see much more time at end in that rotation now that Buffalo's depth is a bit more solid inside. Anderson, in my opinion, will not make the team in 2007 - although if anything were to happen to one of our four current players at the position, he would easily be the best free agent to bring in. We saw a similar situation last season when Jim Leonhard was signed after the Troy Vincent release.
Good to see Hargrove and to an extent Anderson back in the fold. The depth along the defensive line, with everyone now signed, is pretty impressive - we have four legitimate defensive ends and five legitimate defensive tackles.
The official story can be viewed at BuffaloBills.com.