Veteran DE Mark Anderson hasn’t had a lick of success in the NFL since forming a solid DE pairing with Andre Carter on the New England Patriots in 2011. Carter recently reunited with the Patriots, but Anderson is still looking for a job. In 2011, Carter was the better player than Anderson, but the latter still showed up well and was able to get a huge contract from the Buffalo Bills. Health was the factor there, as nobody was willing to sign Carter to a significant deal due to his injury woes.
The Buffalo Bills had Anderson for just one season, but they were sick of his lack of production and decided to cut him loose in late July. It’s been a quick fall over the past couple of years for the 30-year-old Alabama product, but he was able to get a work out late last month with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals weren’t significantly interested, though, and Anderson would have been an awful fit in their 3-4 scheme (he can’t play as a 3-4 OLB, which is what the Cards were looking for).
Anderson has another suitor, though, as the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs reports that the Denver Broncos decided to work out Mark Anderson yesterday, and it will be interesting to see if he is able to land a gig with the team. They could use a veteran backup at DE, but I would think that they have enough depth. Adding a veteran project player makes sense for a contender like the Broncos, but this is probably just a speculative move. It’s interesting, though, so keep a close eye out to see if anything materializes here.