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The Patriots have been active on the second official day of NFL free agency, and they have added a former Jet in an attempt to bolster their defensive line.
The team struck a 2-year deal with free agent Mike Pennel on Thursday. ESPN’s Field Yates was the first to report the news.
He appeared in 16 games and started seven of those contests for the Jets in 2018. Pennel projects as a run-stopping role player on the defensive line.
DT Mike Pennel (6-4, 332) joins Lawrence Guy as a big-bodied DT on the interior. Patriots in that market as Malcom Brown signed with the Saints and Danny Shelton remains a free agent. Pennel a more economic option for Patriots based on the projected two-down role.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 14, 2019
Before landing with the Jets in 2017, Pennel spent three seasons with the Green Bay Packers, where he started five games but also ended up in the league’s substance program.
Pennel was a solid player in Green Bay but TWICE violated league's substance policy in 2016 and was released the following season.— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) March 14, 2019
The 27-year-old Pennel was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014.
Pennel is the second former Jets player to land in New England so far this free agency period. The Patriots added special teamer Terrence Brooks earlier in the day on Thursday.
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