Pats re-sign Burgess

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Patriots have re-signed DE/OLB Derrick Burgess to a one-year deal. Last season, the Pats traded third- and fifth-round picks to the Raiders for Burgess, and to say he underperformed would be an understatement. He played in all 16 games but had only 6 starts at a thin position, totalling only 35 tackles 5 sacks. In his defense, he was transitioning to a new team, system, and position, so that may have hurt his numbers. Perhaps the Pats are thinking that with a year in the system, he will be able to be more productive.

The depth at outside linebacker, the thinnest position on the team, looks like this:

  • Tully Banta-Cain, #95
  • Derrick Burgess, #53 (assuming he keeps the number he had last year)
  • Pierre Woods, #58
  • Gary Guyton, #59 (listed as an OLB in Patriots Football Weekly)
  • Rob Ninkovich, #50
  • Shawn Crable, #98
  • Jermain Cunningham, #96 (rookie)
  • Marques Murrell, #93

If the Pats are still looking to add some veteran depth, aside from any trades, Chike Okeafor and Greg Ellis remain unsigned. Both have experience playing OLB in the 3-4, with Ellis probably being the best option.

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