The trend of bringing back familiar faces has apparently continued for the Patriots with the signing to a one-year deal of linebacker Dane Fletcher, according to NFL.com. Fletcher played for New England from 2010 to 2013 before hightailing it for one season to Tampa Bay. He played in all 16 games, but started just four and contributed to a career-high 27 tackles. He would be expected to provide depth along with Brandon Spikes, who has also returned to the Patriots after one year away.
Free-agent linebacker Dane Fletcher visited the Patriots on Wednesday, according to a report from ESPN.com. Fletcher spent the 2010-2013 seasons with the Patriots before playing 2014 with the Buccaneers. In four NFL seasons, he's totaled 120 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks.
Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder Week 2, has been officially ruled out of Thursday's game in Atlanta. Dane Fletcher is expected to replace him.
Buccaneers starting linebacker Mason Foster dislocated his shoulder in the Week 2 loss to the Rams and is not expected to play Thursday at Atlanta, reports ESPN.com. Dane Fletcher likely would start in his place.
Former Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher agreed to a one-year deal with the Buccaneers that includes $1.2 million in guaranteed money, reports NFL Network.