Patriots Land John Lynch

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Multiple media outlets are reporting that free agent safety John Lynch has agreed to join the New England Patriots. Lynch visited with the Patriots earlier this week and took a team physical. His addition to the roster alleviates the void left when Tank Williams was placed on the reserve/ injured list.

According to multiple reports, safety John Lynch has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots. The veteran safety was released by the Denver Broncos on August 1, 2008. Lynch visited the Patriots on Tuesday and reportedly took a physical for the team on Wednesday.

Lynch, 36, asked Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan for his release last month. The veteran defender felt that the Broncos weren't the right fit for his services and wanted a chance to go to a place that may be better suited for his skills. According to team insiders, Lynch wasn't ready to accept a reduced role to remain with the team.

A Pro Bowl caliber player, Lynch wasn't just pursued by the Patriots, the Jets also expressed interest a source told the Boston Globe.

Lynch is expected to fill in at the same role veteran safety Tank Williams played during the first part of training camp. Williams lined up at inside linebacker to provide an increased level of run support. Williams' size and speed provided him with the versatility to play inside or to drop into coverage as needed.

A solid run support specialist himself, Lynch has the ability to take up the role Williams held. It is a similar role Patriots current safety Rodney Harrison held last season.


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