Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey doesn’t see newly signed DE Mark Anderson as a situational pass rusher, which is apparent by the four-year, $19.5 million contract that the Bills gave him.
“That’s the way we watched him and looked at him,” said Gailey, via the Boston Globe. “You don’t pay that kind of money to specialty players. You pay that kind of money to a guy that you think can be out there 50, 60 plays.”
Anderson was an unwanted free agent when the Patriots took a chance on him last season but was able to capitalize on the opportunity by tallying 10 sacks.
“He took advantage of his opportunity, which all of us have done at some point in time to get where we are,’’ said Gailey. “That’s what he did. I’m sure he’s forever indebted to the Patriots for giving him that chance.’’
Being the fourth-best player on the teams’ defensive should really help his chances of being an effective player. Last year he was productive as both a pass-rusher and a run-stopper, so there’s definitely a good chance that he’s able to handle more playing time. The real question will be whether or not he can stay healthy in an expanded role.