Kyle Van Noy, Patriots Reportedly Agree to 2-Year Contract Extension

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Kyle Van Noy #53 of the New England Patriots celebrates after the Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots and linebacker Kyle Van Noy agreed to a two-year contract extension on Friday, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com:

Van Noy, 26, has registered 35 tackles, a sack and an interception since joining the Patriots last season. The Lions traded Van Noy and a seventh-round pick to the Patriots last October in exchange for a sixth-round pick. The linebacker failed to make a major impact with the Lions in his three seasons in Detroit but found a niche in New England. 

That allowed the Patriots to deal Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns, a player the team likely wouldn't have re-signed given the other key defensive pieces that required contract extensions this offseason, including Don'ta Hightower.

Van Noy responded by earning a starting gig in New England and performing solidly in the team's run to the Super Bowl.

His presence may be increasingly important if Hightower is forced to miss any time after leaving Thursday night's game in the third quarter with what is reportedly a minor MCL sprain, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

If Hightower misses any time, Van Noy will anchor a very thin linebacker corps. He tallied six tackles in the 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs