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Bills sign another pass rusher in DE Anderson -
"We got ourselves a new pass rusher to add to our defense and it really is a big deal for us and an exciting time. We feel he’ll make us a lot better," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "He’s had a lot of visits and a lot of offers and I think he made his choice because he wants to put his hand on the ground and rush the passer and that’s what we’re looking for."

Bills Focus: Mark Anderson Sit Down Interview -
The Bills' newest addition sits down with Chris Brown to talk about his past, as well as his future with the Buffalo Bills.

Transcript: DE Mark Anderson Press Conference -
"From the start we had him high on our list as far as free agents. If he in fact did hit the market, I think athletic ability, his quickness off the edge. He’s got that burst and he’s also got enough ability and good enough feet to play the run. He’s not as big as a lot of them. He weighs 255 or 256. He plays with good leverage, got good feet, don’t get reach, can set the edge. All those things we looked at, our coaches looked at. We all feel good about it."

Bills players help to reel in Anderson -
Kyle Williams, Nick Barnett and Mario Williams all helped convince Mark Anderson to come to Buffalo.

Anderson seen as more than sack specialist -
"I think sometimes guys get labeled as certain kinds of guys," said Bills head coach Chan Gailey. "You’re trying to take labels off of guys. He’s not just a pass rusher. He’s a guy that can play all three downs. So that was another thing that I think really interested us. He wasn’t a specialty player. He’s got the capabilities of being an every down player, which is something we would like."

Inside The Bills | What is the Anderson role?
"Anderson was only on the field for 47% of the team’s defensive snaps according to’s Mike Reiss. To put that into numbers Anderson played 640 of the club’s 1361 defensive plays from scrimmage in 2011. Almost two-thirds of those plays were pass rush situations (419). The pass rusher however, was pretty darn productive in his limited time on the field."

Inside The Bills | Kyle pleased by additions
"I think with Buddy Nix and Coach Gailey and Coach Wannstedt; they’ve gone on and indentified spots where they’ve felt like we needed to get better. Moving into a new defense, add some top level talent, add some depth and do some different things. I think it’s all about winning I think that’s all you can say about it. I think it’s all about winning at this point and those guys are going to help us do it."

Inside The Bills | Bills-Pats Wk 3 stuck w/Anderson
"It’s funny because the last time I was here I was with New England at the time and the fans and that whole stadium was rocking and it was crazy," Anderson told "We lost that game and I remember walking off the field and wishing we could’ve won that game, but the Bills played so hard that game. Now the tables are turned and I’m on the Buffalo side of the ball now and hopefully we can get some more victories."

Inside The Bills | Crowded D-line
"It just means they’ve got competition," said Nix. "That’s what we’re trying to do at every position. Chan’s philosophy and ours is put as many good players as we can at each position and let the best ones start and play."

Free Agency 2012: The Deal Grader! |
"The Pro Football Focus team grades every transaction during NFL free agency." Mario Williams grades out at their highest level, while Mark Anderson is right behind in the second tier.

Bills sign productive pass rusher in Anderson - The Buffalo News
Anderson on his development over the years: "Coming in as a rookie I was out there going off of pure talent and athleticism. As the years went along, I matured along the way. I had great coaches break down different responsibilities to me and different situations that I would be put in as a defensive end."

Buffalo Bills bulk up defensive line by signing Mark Anderson | Democrat and Chronicle
"I think at the end of the day you can never have enough good players," said defensive tackle Kyle Williams of the signing of the soon-to-be 29-year-old Anderson. "He’s been a productive guy everywhere you’ve seen him play. I’m glad to have him."

Agent: DE Mark Anderson Signs 4-year Deal With Bills - WGR 550
"The Buffalo Bills are certainly making their mark on the 2012 NFL Free Agency period. Fresh off signing defensive Mario Williams last week to the richest defensive contract in NFL history, the team has added another 10 sacks to the defensive end group." Full audio of the press conference, too.

Bills' defensive line is looking scary - ESPN AFC East Blog
"Buffalo's defensive line is looking downright scary. The group will be very tough to move in the middle and pass protect against on the edges."

Free Agency Overflow Open Thread: Tim Tebow not Traded? - Windy City Gridiron
Bears fans seems to think the Bills got a nice deal with Anderson. Careful, though; the language is rated "mature."

Buffalo Bills Expected to Sign DE/OLB Mark Anderson - Pats Pulpit
"Historically, the Patriots have struggled against teams with strong front four pass rushing attacks and it's clear the Bills are trying to take on the elite passing offenses in the league. Anderson bolsters the Bills defense and prevents the Patriots from re-signing one of their prior season's best pass rushing options."

Bills sign DE Anderson - The Sports Network
"I think I'm going to have a pretty good opportunity," Anderson said. "Just the chance to be on this defense, there are a lot of guys on this defense that can play ball that I've seen in my time in the league."

Mark Anderson off to Buffalo -
"The Pats weren’t going to compete with that deal, not for a guy who wasn’t an every-down player."

Bills continue bolstering D-line, adding Mark Anderson - USA Today
"Words can't express how I'm feeling," Anderson said. "I'm in a blessed situation right now. I'm going to try and help the Bills, and Bills nation, and try to take it to a whole other level."

Scott Pitoniak: Bills continue making big moves; Goodell drops the hammer
"I used the word 'Giant' in that third paragraph because the Bills clearly are following the New York Giants defensive model, which emphasizes fielding a defensive line capable of getting enough pressure on the quarterback that you don't have to blitz a lot. That frees up eight guys for pass coverage. That results in sacks and turnovers and incompletions and wins."

Buddy Nix on Anderson Signing -
Nix talks about what Mark Anderson brings to the team.

Chan Gailey on Anderson Signing -
Gailey talks about what makes the addition of Mark Anderson so crucial.

Bills agree to terms with S Scott -
"I wanted to be in Buffalo," said Scott. "It’s my home and I wanted to be there. I’m proud to say I’m still a Bill."

Inside The Bills | Bills haven’t had contact w/Schobel
"Absolutely not," said Nix. "Playing with us? No. Aaron Schobel was in the past with us from that first camp that I was here (2009). He’s a good guy. I like talking to him, but no."

Scott: 'I'm still a Bill!" - The Buffalo News
"The hybrid 'backer-safety role has become more important in the NFL, particularly against teams with quality tight ends. The backer-safety provides a little better support vs. the run than a sixth defensive back and a little more coverage than a second linebacker."

NFL competition committee proposals - The Buffalo News
"The proposals are: 1. Allowing the replay official in the booth to make all decisions on instant replay, which was submitted by the Bills."

Bryan Scott Re-signs With Bills - WGR 550
"It was a huge factor. The fans, the city, the organization, my teammates - and I feel like we're so close to turning the corner," he said. "We started something, and I really want to see it through. I want to be a part of that team that turns things around."

Ex-NFL player Wire talks positivity, Tebow and bounties - York Dispatch
"We didn't really have a set bounty system in Buffalo, like the one they had in New Orleans," he said. "It was totally different. It was ... unlike anything I had every experienced in college. Looking back at it, we definitely took things too far. We had a skewed perception of how the game should be played."

Ex-Bill Thomas denies he's running for Congress - Times Union
"One thing former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas says he won't be running for is Congress."

Thurman Thomas says no to congressional bid - The Buffalo News
"Why so i can have a bunch of clowns ravage my personal life? No thanks!" he said.

Super Mario Williams targets Tom Brady with Twitter fireball |
"And then, of course, there's the fireball. Much like the video game Mario, Williams seems to have the power to shoot fireballs at his opponents and enemies. Well, the image Williams is using as his avatar features the new Buffalo Bills defensive end shooting one right at a Goomba dressed in a Tom Brady jersey."