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2017 NFL Free Agency: Former Patriots LB Barkevious Mingo signs with the Colts

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The Patriots have lost a free agent.

Former New England Patriots LB Barkevious Mingo has signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts for $2.5 million, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Patriots acquired Mingo from the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2016 season in exchange for a 5th round draft pick. Mingo was projected to be a top back-up, but never found his groove in the defense. He settled in on the Patriots special teams unit and played 323 special teams snaps, second-most on the team.

The return of LB Jonathan Freeny from the injured reserve made Mingo expendable. Mingo enters the draft calculus as a potential 2018 7th round pick, but will likely be canceled out by one of the Patriots typical veteran signings.

Mingo recorded 4 tackles with the Patriots.