Ravens: Pass rusher Anderson visits team

OWINGS MILLS - Hours after visiting the Baltimore Ravens' training complex and meeting with team officials, New England Patriots veteran free agent defensive end Mark Anderson traveled to another stop on his NFL tour.

Anderson visited the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday night with the team releasing a photograph of him shaking hands with team officials upon his arrival.

Anderson has previously visited the Tennessee Titans and the Miami Dolphins.

The Bills have already signed former Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams to a deal worth up $100 million.

Anderson, 28, recorded 10 sacks and forced two fumbles last season for the Patriots, operating as a speedy edge pass rusher.

The former Alabama standout has 35 1/2 sacks in seven seasons with 163 tackles, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Anderson offers some positional flexibility as a potential 3-4 outside linebacker, but his best position is as a 4-3 defensive end.

Since free agency began, the Ravens have lost starting defensive end Cory Redding to the Indianapolis Colts (three years, $10.5 million) and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson to the San Diego Chargers (four years, $19 million) as well as Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs (New Orleans Saints, five years, $36 million) and safeties Haruki Nakamura (Carolina Panthers (three years, $5.5 million) and Tom Zbikowski (Colts, three yeards, $5.5 million).

Anderson thrived in the playoffs last year with 11 tackles and 2 ½ sacks. That included one sack against the Ravens in an AFC championship game loss at Gillette Stadium.

He also forced two fumbles and recovered one with 29 tackles during the regular season.

A former Alabama standout who was drafted by the Chicago Bears six years ago, Anderson recorded 12 sacks and four forced fumbles as a rookie.

The Ravens have a good pass rush led by NFL Defensive Player of the Year outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, but general manager Ozzie Newsome is always looking for defenders that can apply pressure to the quarterback.

NOTES: Ravens six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk's three-year contract is worth $8.52 million and includes a $2.1 million signing bonus.

Birk, 35, is due base salaries of $925,000, $2.75 million and $2.75 million over the next three years.

His salary-cap figures are $1.625 million, $3.45 million and $3.45 million. ... San Francisco 49ers wide receiver-return specialist Ted Ginn visited the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday after meeting with the Ravens last Friday following his visit with the Detroit Lions.

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