John Lynch Joins Patriots

Mike DussaultSenior Analyst IAugust 14, 2008

The Patriots reportedly signed former Bronco John Lynch to a one-year deal today. This shouldn't be a surprising move to anyone who follows the Pats given Bill Belichick's penchant for veterans.

It's hard to tell if Lynch can fill a situational middle linebacker role that Tank Williams was working at before he blew out his knee for the third time. But he can immediately help out a defensive backfield that has been missing Rodney Harrison from practice for over a week. 

Some may say Lynch is past his prime, but if anyone knows how to get something out of a wily vet it's the Hoodied One. Belichick will put Lynch in a position where he can be successful and his weaknesses (loss of speed being the biggest) are hidden.

It might be a move of necessity given the injuries that may or may not be piliing up for the Pats, but given the type of player Lynch is, and how much he has hurt the Pats in the past, I am excited to see him in the red, blue, and silver.