The Bills announced Tuesday the release of Anderson after paying him roughly $8 million last season. Anderson struggled for five games in 2012, and then he suffered a knee injury that wound up requiring multiple surgeries. Anderson was expected to stay on the roster this year as a situational pass rusher, but new Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine apparently didn't have a use for him.
Anderson leveraged one strong season with the New England Patriots into the big contract that was supposed to pay him $20 million over four years in Buffalo. A lot of free-agent moves look bad in hindsight. This one looked bad the day it was signed.
Buffalo has a very promising defensive tackle rotation, but its lack of depth at end figures to be a weak spot all season.