Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher (52) during warm-ups before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots: Dane Fletcher Re-signs

Free agency and contracts negotiations are heating up in Foxborough!

The New England Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher has re-signed a one-year deal his agent told CSNNE. Fletcher also announced this afternoon on his Twitter page.

“Officially a New England Patriot again for next season!”

Fletcher was on the list to become a free agent this March and he is very excited and ready for offseason practices this spring.

Fletcher was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on April 29, 2010. The 26 year-old, 6-2, 245 pounds linebacker from Montana State spent the entire 2012 season on injury reserve due to a torn ACL in his left knee in the preseason opener game against New Orleans Saints.

In the 2011 season, Fletcher appeared in 10 games with 5 starts, missing 6 games due to injury. He recorded 37 tackles a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 5 special teams tackles. He also appeared as a reserve in all 3 playoff games, including Super Bowl XLVI, adding 7 tackles on defense and one on special teams.

Fletcher can certainly be very productive when healthy, so let’s hope he can stay healthy throughout the season.




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