PHOTO: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller (7) leaves the field after being stopped on a third down play by the New England Patriots defense of Jarvis Green (97), Rodney Harrison (37), Richard Seymour, and Mike Vrabel (50) during the third quarter of New England's 24-3 win at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Patriots Report: Green Signs As Well
Restricted Free Agent signs on for more in New England
By Patriots Insider Staff
Patriots Insider has learned DL Jarvis Green officially signed his tender offer keeping him with the team for the 2005 season. Green, like Patriots receiver David Givens was offered the Mid-level tender for Restricted Free Agents (RFA), which requires a first-round draft pick as compensation from other teams who may have been interested in signing him. The compensation would only be required if Green signed an offer sheet from another team and the Patriots refused to match the offer.
Green was a key component of New England's defense which improved steadily all year in that 3-4 base front despite seemingly devastating injuries in the secondary. The strong play of the front seven, and young players like Ty Warren and rookie Vince Wilfork in particular, were big reasons for that. They teamed with veterans Seymour, Green and Keith Traylor along with the veteran linebackers to form a solid group that was excellent against the run allowing fewer than 98.3 yards rushing per game while being able to turn up the heat on quarterbacks (45 sacks).
In comments to Patriots Insider, Green spoke of not being worried about the tender and how he'd like to remain a Patriot.
"Id love to stay here. My wife loves it. As far as the kids, I mean the schools have been great for my son. Its been great. It has been a plus and you cant take that away from anyone. "
Green joins David Givens as two valuable assets the team would like to sign to long term deals. The Patriots however seem to be having some difficulty ironing out details of contracts this off-season. Tom Brady, Adam Vinatieri are two high-profile Patriots still looking to finalize their deals. Corey Dillon was able to work out his, but Givens and Green will likely have to wait while Scott Pioli and the front office work out contract details which will allow the team to fit all their rookies under the salary cap as well.
Now that Green is certain to return for 2005, he will fit into the Patriots defensive line rotation with Wilfork, Warren, Seymour and Traylor. Marquise Hill, Rodney Bailey and Ethan Kelly are the other youngsters in the group expected to see more playing time.
Related: 15 minutes with Jarvis Green