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New England Patriots re-sign Niko Koutouvides

The New England Patriots look like they are set to make some big moves soon, but we’ll have to talk about a very small move first before possibly getting into any of that stuff. The big headlines today will likely involve John Abraham and Brandon Lloyd, but the Patriots first personnel decision of the day deals with veteran linebacker Niko Koutouvides.

The journeyman special teamer will stay with the Patriots for another year, as former Patriots beat guy Albert Breer is reporting that Koutouvides and the New England Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal.

I have a soft spot for Koutouvides, thanks to a combination of Madden and the fact that he has an awesome name. He’s one of the best core special teamers in the league, and Bill Belichick loves those kinds of guys. He has good character and work ethic, can provide depth at linebacker, and he’s familiar with the team. His biggest asset is definitely his play on special teams, and he is extremely valuable to the Pats in that regard.

Koutouvides is as familiar as anyone with the roster dance involved with being a member of the New England Patriots organization, and the 31-year-old Purdue product is back on the squad once again. He’ll likely keep his roster spot through training camp and play almost exclusively on special teams. He has only started one game in the past two seasons.

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