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Pats sign Kendall Simmons

Now that the Patriots have weakened their defensive line by trading Richard Seymour to the Raiders, the Pats have made a move aimed at beefing up their offensive line.

According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com and Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have signed veteran guard Kendall Simmons.

Simmons, a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002, suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon last season.  He became a free agent in late February, and he remained unsigned throughout the summer.

Simmons started 46 of 48 regular-season games from 2005 through 2007 before being lost for the year in the fourth game of the 2008 season.

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17 Responses to “Pats sign Kendall Simmons”
  1. stanjam says: Sep 6, 2009 11:55 AM

    Simmons? That is unexpected. I would have thought that they would have picked up a linebacker from waivers, instead they go this route, despite having 9 already on the offensive line. Interesting. Obviously they know that teams will be coming after Brady hard this year, rather than be trying to cover Moss, Galloway, and Welker. If they can protect Brady, it will be a long year for defenses.

  2. ernie cohen says: Sep 6, 2009 11:58 AM

    How could Simmons possibly be good enough for the NE line and not for the PIT line?

  3. descendency says: Sep 6, 2009 12:11 PM

    @ernie cohen
    The Patriots OL is over-rated. I’m surprised they went after a G though considering they have 3 OTs on the roster…

  4. wyoff says: Sep 6, 2009 12:24 PM

    If Belichick can make something out of Ken-Doll Simmons, then he truly is a wizard.

  5. nflqb says: Sep 6, 2009 12:43 PM

    This tells you the state of the pats oline that gave up over 40 sackes last season and 3 durring bradys 4 qts of preadeason play.
    simmons is awfull and was totally out played buy a below avg un drafted free agent in darnell stapleton last yr.

  6. Alpheratz says: Sep 6, 2009 12:58 PM

    2008 Pats 11-5 record.
    Backup Quarterback, first full season played since high school.
    O-line not overrated.

  7. dcbronco says: Sep 6, 2009 1:21 PM

    Trading Seymour might have something to do with the play of some of the new players. I didn’t watch the Pats much, but I watched a little of the last game and focused on Brace. That guy looks beastly. On a play or two he was being triple teamed. He also played end some.

  8. mustbechris says: Sep 6, 2009 1:49 PM

    he’s a backup, don’t get your panties in a bunch.

  9. Frank says: Sep 6, 2009 2:01 PM

    Anybody out there who thinks that the Patriots coaching staff doesn’t know what they’re doing is going to lose both their money and their football integrity. Of course the fans of some teams know all too well how good a coach the main-man is….
    Wave your towels, paint your wife and kids faces all you want; the ass-whippings will continue.

  10. Tim says: Sep 6, 2009 2:41 PM

    Yawn! He’s been a FA for 7 months. If here were anything special he would have been picked up, by some team, at the start of free agency.

  11. Tim says: Sep 6, 2009 2:43 PM

    Yawn! He’s been a FA for 7 months. If here were anything special he would have been picked up, by some team, at the start of free agency.

  12. Tim says: Sep 6, 2009 2:47 PM

    “The ass-whippings will continue”? The pats didn’t even make the playoffs last year.

  13. wyoff says: Sep 6, 2009 3:03 PM

    -Wave your towels, paint your wife and kids faces all you want; the ass-whippings will continue. -
    Just like they did in Super Bowl XLII, right?

  14. Florios-Lawyer says: Sep 6, 2009 8:24 PM

    Patriots sign Steelers sloppy seconds.

  15. Katmandu says: Sep 6, 2009 9:46 PM

    The Pats and Bill-a-Cheat are has beens.

  16. tighthead says: Sep 7, 2009 4:44 AM

    The patriots need all the help they can get now that the league has explained to them that cheating is wrong. (Through a penalty of one draft pick and two poultry fines)

  17. Florio Borio says: Sep 8, 2009 8:11 PM

    Alpheratz says:
    September 6, 2009 12:58 PM
    2008 Pats 11-5 record.
    Backup Quarterback, first full season played since high school.
    O-line not overrated.
    ___________
    2008 w/ Cassel:
    73 rushes for 270 yards AND 47 sacks
    2007 w/ Brady:
    37 rushes for 98 yards AND only 21 sacks
    2009 O-line – OVERRATED.
    AlpoRats – IGNORANT

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