July 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Kyle Love walks onto the field during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots extend Kyle Love

Essentially buying out an RFA year, the New England Patriots have given an extension to 310-pound defensive tackle Kyle Love. The two-year, $3.09 million extension was something the Patriots and Love have been working on since late July, so it’s good to see that something has been finished between team and 25-year-old DT protege.

Kyle Love gets one extra year on his deal for the 2013 season, cutting out his RFA year and making him eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2014 season. It’s a terrific move for both sides, and the Patriots have a top interior duo in Vince Wilfork and Love set for the next two seasons.

It’s always good to see a hard-working, consistent, and disciplined player get rewarded with some more money. Love has really improved his game and broke out last season with some great performances against the run. He’s one of the most consistent run-stopping defensive linemen in the AFC East, and he goes perfectly with Wilfork, who is (insert superlative here).

He was initially owed $540,000 this season, so he gets a pay raise as well as the extra year to keep plugging up holes and making life for interior offensive linemen and running backs extremely hard. The Patriots have one of the premier DT duos in the league against the run (maybe even as a whole), and adding an extra year to Love’s contract took an added importance when the Patriots decided to release backup Jonathan Fanene.

It’s crazy thinking that this blue-collar DT was an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State in 2010.

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