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Kyle Love gets extension from Patriots

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If Gene Simmons is in need for a loan, he might pass on calling Dr. Love and hit up Patriots defensive lineman Kyle Love instead.

Love and the Patriots have agreed to a contract extension that eliminates the possibility that Love will become a restricted free agent after the 2012 season. Love was set to make $540,000 before the extension, which runs through 2013 and has a total value of $3.09 million.

“We appreciate the Patriots stepping up to make commitment to Kyle at a time when they didn’t have to,” Love’s agent Sean Stellato said, via the Boston Globe. “We’re very pleased with that and hopefully it will lead to him being here long term. Kyle’s deserving. A very hard working kid who worked his way up from being undrafted.”

Love had a strong year stopping the run in 2011 and has established himself as a key part of the team’s defensive line rotation on early downs. In the preseason, he’s been given a broader portfolio and showed that he has the capability to handle it against the Eagles on Monday night when his pass rush up the middle helped lead to the Jermaine Cunningham hit that knocked Michael Vick out of the game.

With Jonathan Fanene gone, Love appears to be in line for plenty of playing time this season. If he builds on what he’s shown thus far, the Patriots got rid of a potential headache next offseason by agreeing to this extension.

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6 Responses to “Kyle Love gets extension from Patriots”
  1. h3min1230 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:38 AM

    Doing business the right way since 2000! :)

  2. clarkisgod says: Aug 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    In the preseason, he’s been given a broader portfolio and showed that he has the capability to handle it against the Eagles on Monday night when his pass rush up the middle helped lead to the Jermaine Cunningham hit that knocked Michael Vick out of the game.

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    A hit that knocked a player out of a game? Sounds like a bounty scandal to me. I kid I kid

  3. purveyingthetruth says: Aug 23, 2012 10:04 AM

    It is absolutely wonderful to see these undrafted players get rewarded for their hard work and patience. Granted, NE was not ineterested in doing this guy a favor as much as they were securing their future (see welker gets screwed 2012) , but I am happy for Love he has “made it” in the league.

  4. knucklebucket says: Aug 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    This guy is a beast. I look for a big year out of him. Love it when the undrafted guys have success.

  5. bingobrown12 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:33 AM

    It’s quite simple,do your job keep quiet and you will
    get rewarded.

  6. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 23, 2012 10:51 AM

    Big fat dude with big fat intensity. Glad he’s got a bigger fatter contract.

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