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Free Agency 2016: Patriots Sign LB Ramon Humber to a One-Year Deal

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New England has signed a linebacker.

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The New England Patriots have two of the best linebackers in the NFL on their roster in Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins. However, while both are All Pro-caliber players, the Patriots need to upgrade their position in one important area: depth.

Today, upgrade their linebacker depth the Patriots did, according to Mike Reiss:

Patriots have reached a 1-year contract agreement with LB Ramon Humber, formerly of Saints. Special teamer/top backup on D.

With veteran Jerod Mayo expected to announce his retirement soon, the 28-year old Humber will compete with Jonathan Freeny and Jon Bostic for playing time and the top backup snaps on New England's linebacker depth chart.

Humber originally entered the league in 2009 with the Indianapolis Colts after going undrafted out of North Dakota State. In 2010, he signed with the New Orleans Saints after the Colts released him off their injured reserve list. In New Orleans, just like in Indianapolis, Humber saw most of his snaps on special teams; only occasionally playing on defense.