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Patriots reportedly retain exclusive-rights free agent Keionta Davis

Keionta Davis reverted to injured reserve after clearing waivers last August.

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Exclusive-rights free agent Keionta Davis will remain in the New England Patriots’ picture.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, New England re-signed the 26-year-old defensive end on Tuesday.

Davis reverted to injured reserve last August after being waived with the injury designation. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound product of Tennessee at Chattanooga first arrived as an undrafted rookie during Patriots training camp in 2017.

Davis spent his first season in Foxborough on the non-football injury list after medical examinations at the NFL Scouting Combine revealed a bulging disc in his neck. The Senior Bowl invitee would go on to make New England’s active roster the following fall, appearing in six games and starting three. Davis recorded six tackles over a sample size of 183 defensive snaps.

Players on expiring contracts who have two or fewer accrued seasons qualify as exclusive-rights free agents. Davis loomed as the lone one in that tier for the Patriots this offseason.