Oct 27, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher (52) salutes after sacking Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) as Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) walks by during the fourth quarter of their 27-17 win at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Dane Fletcher Signs With The Buccaneers

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

Former Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher has agreed to a one year contract with the Bucs, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe.

Fletcher is a solid player, and I think this opportunity arose because of all the injuries New England’s defense had to deal with in 2013. Fletcher was given more snaps, and it looks like he proved that he can be a starting linebacker in this league.

His strength is his pass defense, where he is a great coverage guy, but not many people seem to know about his other skills. He is solid against the run, and when you look at his size (6’2 245 lbs), he does quite well holding up against some of the massive guys that play in the NFL.

Fletcher will be missed in Foxboro, but I am glad that he landed a decent contract, because he definitely deserves it. This also means adding to the depth of the linebackers becomes one of the top priorities for the Patriots, as we move towards the draft.

He totaled 81 tackles while with the Patriots, including 32 back in 2011, when he only played in 10 contests.

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