Most of the attention around the Patriots at this time of year is centered on the NFL Draft. However, free agency is still technically going on as well, and the team made a signing on Wednesday bringing back one of their own players.
As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, the team has re-signed defensive tackle Carl Davis. Davis’ contract with the team expired back in March. The duration and financial information hasn’t been reported yet.
Davis played in all 17 games for the Patriots last year, making four starts. He was on the field for 26 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, and recorded 19 tackles.
Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Carl Davis (98) reacts after tackling quarterback Steven Montez (6) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
The Patriots first signed Davis off the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad during the 2020 season. He played in three games that year. The 30-year-old will begin his eighth NFL season in 2022.
Now back in New England, Davis will compete for a rotational spot on the interior of the Patriots’ defensive line. Christian Barmore, Lawrence Guy, and Davon Godchaux are expected to be the top two players at that position for the Patriots this year, with Henry Anderson, Byron Cowart, Daniel Ekuale, and Bill Murray also competing for rotational roles.
With Davis signed, the Patriots now have 71 players on their roster heading into the draft. The offseason limit is 90 players, which lasts until after the final preseason game.
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