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Patriots sign 34-year-old Pro-Bowl guard Brian Waters

The Patriots signed five time pro-bowler Brian Waters. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

One day after the Patriots released pro-bowl safety Brandon Meriweather, the team announced the signing of another pro-bowler along the offensive line Sunday.

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, tweeted that five time pro-bowl guard Brian Waters has joined the Patriots.

Waters, 34, started 149 of 163 games he has appeared in since 2000 with the Kansas City Chiefs. Originally signed as an undrafted free agency from North Texas, Waters quickly established himself as one of the premier interior offensive lineman in the NFL.

The Patriots were extremely thin at right guard after projected starter Dan Connolly injured his ankle in the third preseason game against Detroit. It’s unknown how long Connolly will be out, but the signing of Waters indicates it could be for a while.

One has to think that former Patriots VP of Player Personnel Scott Pioli and Bill Belichick were in touch about Waters, and that Pioli gave a rave review of the Waxahachie, Texas native.

With the signing the Patriots also announced the release of long snapper James Dearth and offensive lineman Steve Maneri and the signing of long snapper Danny Aiken.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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