Patriots Sign Frank Kearse

The Patriots added prospective defensive line depth in the form of Frank Kearse, according to the team’s website.

An unrestricted free agent, Kearse shuffled back and forth from Washington’s active roster and practice squad last season. The defensive tackle appeared in four games in 2015 after playing in 15 during the previous season for Washington.

Originally a seventh-round pick of the Dolphins’ in 2011, Kearse has 5.5 career sacks accrued with the Panthers and Washington from 2011-14.

New England could be losing Akiem Hicks, with the defender visiting the Lions and Bears, and the 27-year-old Kearse could represent some competition for a depth spot along the Patriots’ defensive front.

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