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With the season ending injury sustained to Tank Williams during the first preseason game, the Patriots needed some help in the secondary. That help arrived in a hurry as the defending AFC Champs have signed veteran John Lynch to a reported one year, $1.5 million deal.
Lynch, 36, is a nine time Pro Bowler who wanted to be released by the Broncos because his role would be significantly reduced this season. Lynch brings size (6’2″ 220lbs) and experience to the secondary, totaling 59 tackles and one sack in 2007. Lynch is entering his 15th year in the NFL but actually made the Pro Bowl last season as an injury replacement.
My Take: You gotta like this deal. There are no real downsides to bringing Lynch in as he’ll be able to step in right away, learn the system and give you quality snaps. He has Super Bowl experience and will bring a lot more to the table to some of the other Patriot secondary signings this offseason (Ade Jimoh anyone??).