The New England Patriots have rejoined with their previous linebacker Kyle Van Noy, the veteran affirmed via social media Wednesday night.
The Miami Dolphins released Van Noy a week ago, only one season in the wake of signing him to a four-year, $51 million agreement. The group attempted unsuccessfully to trade the linebacker prior to releasing him.
Van Noy, who played both inside linebacker and edge rusher for the Dolphins, had 69 tackles and six sacks for the Dolphins in an up-and-down 2020 campaign.
Van Noy got a two-year contract with a most extreme value of $13.2 million from the Patriots, a source affirmed to ESPN.
The Patriots have zeroed in intensely on the front seven in free agency, having agreed with Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, New York Jets defensive lineman Henry Anderson and Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon, while re-signing defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr.
A combination of Van Noy and Judon on the edges of the defense could help address one of the Patriots’ large battles from 2020.
The Patriots’ run defense positioned 26th in the NFL last season, with adversaries averaging 131.4 rushing yards per game. Moreover, restricting rushers averaged 4.5 yards per carry.
A second-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2014, Van Noy set up himself as a starter in the wake of being traded to the Patriots in 2016. In four seasons with the Patriots, he had 16.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 221 tackles. He likewise was a piece of two Super Bowl-winning teams.
Van Noy, 29, has 358 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 2 interferences in 95 regular-season games more than seven seasons.
The Patriots additionally informed DT Beau Allen and WR Marqise Lee, two of their free-agent signings from 2020, that they are being released, as indicated by sources.
Allen, who had signed a two-year, $7 million deal (with $2.75 million ensured), didn’t play for the team a year ago because of injury, while Lee was one of eight players to quit the 2020 season.