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BUFFALO, N. Brett Favre Packers .Y. -- First, Mario Williams. Now, Mark Anderson. The Buffalo Bills werent kidding when suggesting how much they wanted to improve the pass rush this off-season. Making their second significant free-agent splash in less than a week, the Bills on Wednesday signed Anderson to a four-year contract potentially worth $27 million. It includes $8 million guaranteed. The defensive end is a sixth-year player who had 10 sacks with the New England Patriots last season. "It really is a big deal for us and an exciting time," general manager Buddy Nix said. "We think this made us a lot better. This guys about as productive as anybody around for the number of snaps he played." Terms of the deal were first reported by ESPN, and confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not released the numbers. Acquiring Anderson comes on the heels of last weeks whopping move in which the Bills signed Williams to a six-year contract potentially worth $100 million, including $50 million guaranteed. Earlier on Wednesday, the Bills also re-signed free-agent safety Bryan Scott. The nine-year versatile veteran, who can also play linebacker, returns for a sixth season in Buffalo. Andersons signing was the key move, coming a day after he arrived in Buffalo and had dinner with coaches and management at a downtown restaurant. "Words cant express how Im feeling," Anderson said. "Im in a blessed situation right now. Im going to try and help the Bills, and Bills nation, and try to take it to a whole other level." Selected in the fifth round of the 2006 draft by Chicago, Anderson spent four-plus seasons with the Bears before finishing the 2010 season playing with Williams in Houston. Overall, he has 35 1/2 sacks in 93 career games, including 21 starts. After visiting several other teams since the start of free agency, Anderson said Williams played a role in recruiting him to sign with the Bills. Anderson was also impressed by how the Bills are building their defensive front. "Ive seen everything that they were doing, and I just want to be part of that," he said. Anderson is expected to compete for a starting job with returning veterans Chris Kelsay and Dwan Edwards for the chance to play opposite Williams. The Bills are making the switch to a four-down-linemen, three-linebacker defence under newly promoted co-ordinator Dave Wannstedt. Buffalos already set in the middle with tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. Kyle Williams is expected to be fully recovered after having surgery in November to repair a nagging foot injury. And Dareus is coming off a promising rookie season, during which the first-round draft pick led Buffalo with 5 1/2 sacks. And dont forget linebacker Shawne Merriman, who has one year left on his contract and is attempting to rebound after having surgery to repair both a shoulder injury and a nagging Achilles tendon. Coach Chan Gailey said its too early to determine Andersons role. "Dont put us in a corner yet about where everyones going to be," Gailey said. "Weve got some good football players, and were going to make sure the best football players get on the field." Add it up, and the Bills have one of the NFLs highest priced defensive fronts by having committed more than $186 million in new salary over the past year. That includes Kyle Williams signing a six-year, $39 million contract extension in August, and Dareus four-year, $20.4 million rookie contract. And its a line that now stands to be the strength of what had been a young, patchwork defence last year in taking the brunt of the blame for a 6-10 finish, which included the Bills losing eight of their final nine games. Buffalo ranked 30th in the NFL in allowing 434 points and 26th in allowing a franchise-worst 5,938 yards. They also managed 29 sacks -- 10 coming in one game -- to finish in a four-way tie for 27th. Scotts decision to re-sign with Buffalo did not come as a surprise after the Bills previo
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