Patriots Re-sign Lineman

FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots have re-signed offensive lineman Billy Yates.

The Patriots re-signed reserve offensive lineman Billy Yates on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound blocker was released by the team earlier in the week for salary cap reasons.

The move by the Patriots to release and then re-sign Yates will save approximately $550,000 in cap space. According to the Boston Globe, the money was part of an incentive bonus, which would have accelerated into the current year due to the league's lack of a collective bargaining agreement for 2010.

Yates started seven games for the Patriots in 2008 in place of the injured Stephen Neal. In five years with the Patriots, Yates has appeared in 28 games with 10 starts. Originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2003, Yates spent one season with the Dolphins before being signed to the Patriots practice squad in 2004.

Entering his sixth season with New England, the Texas A&M product provides much-needed depth at the interior line position. Yates has played both center and guard for the Patriots.

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