Free agent defensive end Mark Anderson, who had 12 1/2 sacks in 19 games for the New England Patriots last season, was at the Ravens complex in Owings Mills today to meet with team officials, according to league sources.
It's unclear if the Ravens made him a contract offer, but Anderson would certainly help upgrade the Ravens' pass rush, which was one of general manager Ozzie Newsome's offseason priorities.
Anderson could replace starting defensive end Cory Redding, who signed a free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts last week, or the Ravens could use him as an outside pass rusher and replacement for Jarret Johnson, who signed with the San Diego Chargers last week.
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Anderson, a 28-year-old veteran of six NFL seasons, emerged last season with the Patriots, recording 29 tackles, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 16 regular-season games. Then, in the Patriots' three playoff games, he had 11 1/2 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks, include one against the Ravens in New England's AFC championship game victory.
Anderson, who played his college ball at Alabama, was a former fifth-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2006. He had 12 sacks and four forced fumbles in his rookie season, but his numbers dropped significantly over the next four seasons with the Bears.
In 93 career regular-season games, Anderson has 35 1/2 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Anderson has been a popular free agent, having attracted interest from the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. Tennessee was Anderson's first visit.
The Ravens have signed only one free agent of note, agreeing to a three-year deal with veteran center Matt Birk last week. They have lost five of their own free agent agents: left guard Ben Grubbs, outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, Redding, and reserve safeties Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski.