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Anderson visiting Dolphins

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  March 16, 2012 10:07 AM

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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.

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.

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