Patriots Agree to Terms With 2nd Round LB Jermaine Cunningham

The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with second-round linebacker Jermaine Cunningham.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New England Patriots have agreed to terms with second-round linebacker Jermaine Cunningham.

Financial terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.

A three-year starter at the University of Florida, the 6-3, 266-pound Cunningham totaled 152 tackles (34 for a loss) and 19.5 quarterback sacks in 45 games. Cunningham added five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 7 pass break-ups and an interception for the Gators.

Cunningham was named second-team All-SEC after last season.

Cunningham did not run particularly well during pre-draft workouts, but he has excellent athleticism and solid film.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who is close with UF head coach Urban Meyer, had his eye on Cunningham for quite awhile, and obviously feels as though Cunningham can be a success in their program. A defensive end in college, Cunningham is expected to play outside linebacker in New England’s 3-4 system.

Cunningham is the ninth member of the Patriots' 2010 draft class to reach an agreement. Fellow second-round picks Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Spikes remain unsigned, though both are believed to be close to an agreement. First-round cornerback Devin McCourty is also unsigned.

The Patriots rookies are due to report to training camp on Sunday.

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