The New England Patriots have added some depth on the interior of the offensive line today by signing former San Diego Chargers guard Tyronne Green, per a tweet from his agents. Green started at left guard last season for the Chargers and is an average player overall, so he could fight for some playing time as a backup. Although Green’s roster spot is not guaranteed, I think there is a good chance we see Green earn some time as a backup. Although the Chargers line was no great shakes last season and Green would never start for the Pats, Green should be a quality backup at guard in New England.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but I would presume that the Patriots are giving Green just a one-year deal. The Chargers selected Green in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, as Green was a star with the Auburn Tigers and constitutes quality veteran insurance at the position for the Pats.
Most people believed that the Patriots would sign another guard soon, because they were looking thin at the position depth-wise. The Patriots lost a great backup guard (he will be a solid starter with the Indianapolis Colts) in Donald Thomas, and even potentially switching Marcus Cannon at guard still wouldn’t be enough. Green started in 13 games with the Chargers last season and started in 28 games with the Chargers during his career, so Green does have plenty of experience and should make the roster.
Green is 6’2″, 316 pounds and is a better pass blocker than run blocker, and I actually like the fact that the Patriots are adding a depth guy who is better off in pass pro. He is below-average as a run blocker overall and only average at best as a pass protector, but you can do a lot worse than Green when it comes to adding a backup.
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