Mark Anderson Still Exploring Options in Free Agency, Patriots Shouldn’t Be Ruled Out Yet

Mark Anderson Still Exploring Options in Free Agency, Patriots Shouldn't Be Ruled Out YetMark Anderson's offseason has been all over the map, and his final destination is still anyone's guess.

But for now, Anderson has added the Ravens to his list of visits, which has also included the Dolphins and Titans. The defensive end/outside linebacker has drawn plenty of interest after notching 10 sacks last season, plus another 2.5 sacks in the playoffs.

From what Anderson has said, he wants to remain with the Patriots, and the team would like to have him back, too. But the Patriots haven't reached out yet and appear to want to explore other areas first.

Like just about everything else, it should come down to money. Anderson and defensive end Andre Carter are the only two free agents on the market who had at least 10 sacks last season, so it makes sense for Anderson to explore his market.

The Patriots, though, would be more interested to pay Anderson as a situational pass rusher. That's where the two sides must compromise.

Maybe one side will break after Anderson's third visit, particularly considering two of those teams are Patriots rivals.

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