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2021 NFL free agency: Patriots bringing back defensive tackle Carl Davis

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Defensive tackle Carl Davis will be staying in the New England Patriots’ plans for 2021.

The Patriots announced the re-signing of the impending free agent Monday evening in the hours after the NFL’s legal tampering period opened.

Davis, 29, had arrived in New England off the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad last October. He recorded three tackles, including one for loss, over the course of three appearances before being placed on injured reserve at the close of November due to concussions.

The Iowa Hawkeyes product was not activated from IR after being designated to return in the final weeks of the season. He had played 51 snaps on defense and 11 snaps on special teams over the limited sample size.

Davis originally entered the league in the third round of the 2015 draft with the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound nose has also been a member of the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts over the years since then, playing in 39 games and starting 13.

Fellow defensive tackles Davon Godchaux and Henry Anderson reportedly agreed to terms with the Patriots on two-year, $16 million and two-year, $7 million contracts, respectively, Monday. Incumbents in Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler remain unrestricted.

The new league year formally opens at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.