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The Patriots signed two-time pro bowl cornerback Deltha O’Neal today, one of many transactions announced by the team. O’Neal replaces corner Fernando Bryant, who two days ago was released by the Pats. Bryant was the preseason starter before being cut.
O’Neal was originally released by the Bengals on Saturday when the team had to make necessary cuts to trim their roster down. During his eight-year career (spending his last four years in Cincinnati and first four years in Denver), O’Neal has 31 interceptions in 116 games (75 starts).
The Pats also claimed two players off waivers: tight end Jason Pociask from the New York Jets and offensive tackle Mark LeVior from the St. Louis Rams. To make room, the team released tight end Stephen Spach and added two players to the practice squad: offensive lineman Jacob Bender and tight end Tyson DeVree.
My Thoughts: The addition of Deltha O’Neal was out of necessity for the Patriots, but certainly not a bad signing as O’Neal will bring a veteran presence to a relatively young secondary. Two of the four top corners on the team are rookies, and your No. 1 player at the position is the improving Ellis Hobbs (who still needs to get better). A no-brainer for Belichick here if you ask me.