The New England Patriots looked to the Great White North for the second time this offseason in search of depth on the defensive line. After signing Toronto Argonaut defensive lineman Armond Armstead earlier this week, the Patriots have reportedly reached an agreement to sign former Brockton High School star and Northeastern University alumni Jason Vega (first reported by Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe). Vega has lined up at defensive end and outside linebacker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2012.
Vega, 25 years old, still needs to be let out of his contract with Winnipeg of the Canadian Football League, which is apparently holding up any official announcement. While a longshot to make the roster, Vega has shown ability to get after the quarterback in the CFL. When it comes to finding pass rushers, the Patriots are wise to look under every rock because every so often a team finds a diamond in the rough like Miami did with Cameron Wake.
Vega was on the last Northeastern University football team before they shut down their football program. He hooked on in Canada in 2010 initially with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats getting an invite to training camp and being on their practice squad after not catching on with an NFL squad after graduation and looking at offers from the CFL and the United Football League. In 2011, Vega signed with Winnipeg and recorded seven sacks. He followed up with five more sacks in 2012. He also showcased some of the versatility the Patriots coaches seem to love, having lined up at tight end for Winnipeg as a short-yardage blocker and catching two passes.