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Patriots Reach 1-Year Deal With LB Derrick Burgess

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Patriots Reach 1-Year Deal With LB Derrick Burgess

The New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free agent defensive end/linebacker Derrick Burgess, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Burgess, 31, appeared in 16 games for the Patriots in 2009, totaling 35 tackles, including 5 quarterback sacks.

A third-round pick (63rd overall) out of Mississippi by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2001, Burgess has 262 tackles and 52 quarterback sacks during his nine-year career. Burgess missed all but one game in 2002 with a broken foot, and the entire 2003 season after rupturing his Achilles' tendon.

Burgess spent four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, and was traded from Oakland to New England last August, with the Patriots dealing third- and fifth-round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft for him. Oakland traded the third-round pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (the Browns using that pick on Colt McCoy) and dealt the fifth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Quentin Groves (the Jaguars traded the pick to the New Orleans Saints for a 2011 fourth-round pick, and the Saints used it on center Matt Tennant).

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