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"Paris is excited to finally be a part of a winning organization and eager to contribute in whatever way Coach Belichick and his staff see fit. Now, quite simply, he's eager to go to work," Jon Persch of Allegiant Management told the Globe this morning. Lenon enters his eighth NFL season and leaves the NFC North for the first time, as he's played for the Packers (2002-2005) and Lions (2006-2008). He was the leading tackler on last year's winless Lions squad, playing middle linebacker in a 4-3 alignment.

Linebacker Paris Lenon joins Patriots