Patriots Re-Sign Ryan Wendell

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The New England Patriots have locked up their center for two more years.

The New England Patriots are bringing back veteran center Ryan Wendell, per a Tweet from ESPN Boston's Field Yates. The deal is for two years and worth a maximum of $8.15 million, including roster bonuses of $2 million per year as well as additional incentives for 2015.

Wendell has had something of an up-and-down career in New England thus far, and he really struggled in 2013. The Patriots clearly thought enough of his skillset to bring him back into the fold for another few years, but I would still look for them to address the interior offensive line in the draft, as well as perhaps bring in another veteran to provide some camp competition.

The plus side is that Wendell has shown in the past that he can be a competent center who is more than capable of protecting Brady. Tommy B obviously has a relationship with him, and re-signing Wendell keeps the entire offensive line intact - which is especially important now that legend Dante Scarnecchia has retired. Now it's just a matter of getting Wendell back to 2012 form as opposed to 2013.

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