Gary Guyton was a reserve linebacker during his time in New England. He has multiple talents as a pass rusher, run defender and in pass coverage. During his tenure he was a mainstay on New England's special teams units.
WHY HE WASN'T RETAINED: New England used Guyton as a reserve backer who saw action when Jerod Mayo was injured, and in certain defensive sub packages. As a rookie he saw more action, but in recent years was eventually beaten out by players such as Dane Fletcher and Tracy White.
WHAT HE OFFERS: Guyton has the ability to play inside or outside backer, though he seemed better suited to inside. He is a decent run defender, but was occasionally burned in pass coverage. He has decent speed, as evidenced by a 59-yard INT return for a TD vs the Bengals in 2010. He can certainly play special teams, and has experience in multiple units.
WHAT HE LACKS: Guyton had limited upside with New England. The defensive schemes employed by the Patriots in 2011 (a 4-3 and versions of the 3-4) exposed Guyton's skill set. He just wasn't suited to any one particular task enough to beat out other more versatile or dynamic impact players.
HOW HE MIGHT HELP A TEAM: Guyton can be a fill-in as a reserve player, or participate on a rotational basis in various sub packages. He provides a limited set of pass rush skills but can fill a hole on a blitz. He occasionally gets caught up in the wash on run plays, but does show decent instincts for the ball. He showed decent effort on a consistent basis, and should be a decent locker room addition.