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Patriots sign Ramon Humber, release Dane Fletcher

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Mike Tolbert #35 of the Carolina Panthers and Ramon Humber #53 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots avoided making any splashy moves as free agency opened on Wednesday, opting instead to target a linebacker who profiles as a regular on their special teams.

The team announced that they have signed former Saints linebacker Ramon Humber. Humber spent the last six years with the Saints and was a core member of their special teams units for much of his time in New Orleans. The Patriots credited him with 75 special teams tackles for his career in their release announcing the move.

He has seen some time on defense as well with 13 starts over the last three seasons. He had 126 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three passes defensed over that span.

The Patriots also announced that they have released linebacker Dane Fletcher. Fletcher returned to the team in 2015 after spending a year with the Buccaneers, but missed the entire season with a knee injury. Christopher Price of WEEI reports that Fletcher will retire.

He was expected to play a leading role on special teams for the Patriots before getting hurt, which may explain why his departure is linked to Humber’s arrival.

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8 Responses to “Patriots sign Ramon Humber, release Dane Fletcher”
  1. scrapedogg says: Mar 9, 2016 5:40 PM

    NDSU baby!!!! Go Bison!!!!

  2. revren10 says: Mar 9, 2016 5:42 PM

    special teamer nothing to get excited about

  3. kickinpuppies says: Mar 9, 2016 5:51 PM

    Can he keep a secret?

  4. missile742 says: Mar 9, 2016 5:57 PM

    revren10 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 5:42 PM

    special teamer nothing to get excited about

    Smart, under the radar moves like this year after year help keep the Pats at the top.

  5. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 9, 2016 6:02 PM

    he was bad at defense in new orleans but watch him become a solid roational dude in new england smh

  6. 6ball says: Mar 9, 2016 6:07 PM

    Typical Belichick………. While everyone else is shopping and spending millions at Neiman Marcus, he’s sorting through the clearance rack at Big Lots.

  7. jrossizzle says: Mar 9, 2016 6:07 PM

    Pats need to focus on a backup QB.
    Especially for the first 4 games.

  8. tfarr45 says: Mar 9, 2016 7:33 PM

    I’m not a Patriots fan , but criticize all you want , I see teams always as the Free Agent Champions every year , spending crazy money . Then I see the Patriots , who rarely spend money like that , but continue to win . I’ll take being in the winners circle at the end of the year over free agent big spenders at the beginning of the year anytime .

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