The Patriots have signed Jonathan Freeny, a source tells Doug Kyed of NESN (on Twitter). Details of the deal are not known, but it is most likely a one-year pact for the prorated portion of the minimum salary.
The 28-year-old linebacker did his best work with the Patriots in 2015 and 2016, though the ’16 season was mostly lost due to injury. He started eleven games in that span, but he was not able to make the Pats’ initial 53-man cut in September. After stints with the Ravens and Jaguars – the latter lasting less than a week – he’s back in New England.
Freeney will provide some much needed depth at linebacker. It’s not clear whether Trevor Reilly will be able to suit up this week after suffering a concussion. Meanwhile, Dont’a Hightower, Harvey Langi, Shea McClellin, and Derek Rivers are all shelved.
The six-year NFL veteran amassed 60 tackles and one sack for the Patriots over the last two years.
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