New England Patriots

Kyle Van Noy of the New England Patriots yells during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs in the game at Gillette Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Offensive lineman Trent Brown will not be the only former Patriot returning to his Foxborough stomping grounds in 2021, as the Patriots and Kyle Van Noy have agreed to a two-year deal to bring him back to New England.

Reported by both the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN Field Yates, and worth up to $13.2 million according to Mike Garafolo, the first word of Van Noy’s return to the Patriots was actually broken by Van Noy himself.

A Patriot from 2016 through 2019, Van Noy established career-best marks in both tackles (89 in 2018) and sacks (6.5 in 2019) during a New England run that included two Super Bowl championships, and cashed in with a $51 million contract with the Dolphins in 2020.

But the union between Miami and the 29-year-old Van Noy didn’t last more than a 2020 campaign that included 69 tackles and six sacks, as Van Noy was released last week after the Dolphins were unable to find a trade partner.

A second-round pick of the Lions back in 2014, Van Noy has totaled 348 tackles and 23.5 sacks in a 95-game NFL career, and has added 45 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 10 career playoff games.