The New England Patriots have made a move to add depth to their offensive line. According to Field Yates of ESPN Boston, the team has signed free agent offensive tackle Will Svitek. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald has since confirmed that the deal is for one year and $1 million.
Svitek, 31, most recently of the Falcons, was lost for the year in 2012 after a practice injury for the Falcons last preseason described as an "upper arm injury." He's known for his pass protection, and was projected to be the Falcons' backup left tackle behind Sam Baker in 2012. In 2011, Svitek actually started 10 games for the Falcons. And in 61 career games with the Falcons and Chiefs, has 16 career starts.
Svitek, while primarily a left tackle, also figures to be in the mix at right tackle as well. He's also occasionally lined up as an extra blocking tight end during his time with the Falcons. Svitek will also provide valuable insurance and depth at tackle should the Patriots lose free agent Sebastian Vollmer.