Patriots Add LB Victor Hobson

The New England Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent linebacker Victor Hobson. Hobson played for the New York Jets in 2007. (Updated, signing official)

In what appears to be another move to build depth on their defense, the New England Patriots have added former Jets linebacker Victor Hobson. Adam Schefter of the NFL Network reported that Hobson agreed to a one-year deal to play for AFC East division leader New England after five seasons with New York.

The Patriots confirmed the signing earlier this evening.

"Victor is a good young player with considerable playing experience,” Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “We are excited about his addition to our linebacker unit."

Hobson, 28, appeared in 16 games (14 starts) for the Jets in 2006, amassing 62 tackles (48 solo), two sacks and 4 passes defended. In five years, the 6-foot, 252-pound Michigan product appeared in 76 games for the Jets with 58 starts recording 343 tackles (236 solo), 11 sacks, 9 passes defended, three interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles. His best season was 2006 when he recorded 100 tackles (66 solo) with six sacks, two passes defended and 1 interception.

The Jets selected David Harris out of Michigan in the 2007 NFL Draft to shore up their linebacker unit. Harris moved into the starting role as the season progressed. In the offseason the Jets added former Arizona Cardinal linebacker Calvin Pace to play on the outside.

The Jets appear to be in a rebuilding mode on defense after jettisoning former starters Jonathan Vilma and Hobson in favor of Pace and Harris.

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