Anderson visiting Dolphins

Patriots end/outside linebacker Mark Anderson will visit the Dolphins, a league source confirmed.

The Patriots and Anderson have had talks, but they haven’t been as fruitful as Anderson hoped coming off 10 sacks has a part-time player for much of the season.

For a player like Anderson, the Patriots have a fixed value. He was just a rotational player until Andre Carter was placed on injured reserve, and the plan is likely the same for this season. The Patriots like to a use a variety of players in situational roles in the front seven, and they’re not going to pay starter’s money for them.

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Anderson’s visit is part of the negotiating game. Either he’s hoping to get a better offer — and a commitment to more playing time — from the Dolphins, or Anderson is hoping the interest of a divisional rival will up the Patriots’ offer.

I would expect Carter to be back once he’s recovered fully from off-season surgery, unless some other team jumps in with a higher offer, always a risk. If Anderson walks, the Patriots are hosting a similar (and maybe cheaper) player in Raiders DE/OLB Trevor Scott.

We’ll have to see how it plays out.

Aaron Wilson of Scout.com first reported Anderson’s visit.