Patriots OL Oldenburg Signs 4-year Deal

Foxboro, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed their another 2007 Draft pick when they reached an agreement with Colorado State offensive lineman Clint Oldenburg on Friday.

Oldenburg signed a four-year deal with New England. The 6-foot-5, 296-pound defender was selected by New England in the fifth round (171st overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft.

According to Adam Caplan, senior NFL writer for, the base salaries of Richardson's contract are: $285,000 (2007); $370,000 (2008); $460,000 (2009) and $550,000 (2010).

OL Clint Oldenburg stretches at New England Patriots rookie minicamp May 12, 2007 (Photo Kevin Saleeba /


After starting his college career as a tight end, the Oldenburg moved to offensive lineman his second full season. He played at right and left guard during his sophomore and junior seasons. He believes that his versatility was something the Patriots liked when they scouted him.

"I think the Patriots like guys like that who can play multiple positions," Oldenburg said in a conference call after the Draft. "It seems like that has kind of been a trend for guys they select."

Confident in his ability, Oldenburg is a quick learner and has the size to play at tackle. It may be his position flexibility, which prompted New England to sign him in the fifth round.

"I think you can put me anywhere along the offensive line and I would be just as effective at any position," he said.

The former Colorado State product is expected to compete for a role as a reserve lineman for New England.

Olderburg is the second Patriot draft pick to sign a deal this week. Cornerback Mike Richardson signed a four year deal on Wednesday.


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