, Newburyport, MA

March 27, 2013

New-look Patriots re-sign free agent OT Vollmer

Newburyport Daily News

---- — agate_MLS_standingsKey:FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots have re-signed offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

The team announced the move yesterday but gave no details of the contract for Vollmer, who had been an unrestricted free agent.

Vollmer has started 44 of the 51 regular-season games he’s played and five postseason games since the Patriots drafted him in 2009 in the second round out of Houston with the 58th overall pick. He played 15 regular-season and two playoff games at right tackle last season, missed one game with a knee injury and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in February.

He played in 14 games as a rookie, splitting time between left and right tackle.

Vollmer’s return means the starting offensive line from 2012 will be back, and it alleviates a potential void on the right side. Marcus Cannon will now remain the backup and veteran Will Svitek, a recent free agent addition, will also vie for a role as a swing tackle.

The only possibly downfall of the reported agreement would be Vollmer’s health. He only missed one game in 2012 but back and knee injuries have caused problems for the 6-8, 320-pounder periodically during his four years in New England. He also underwent knee surgery earlier this offseason.

The Patriots obviously were willing to commit to Vollmer nonetheless. There were reports that the team expressed interest in free agent tackle Eric Winston but apparently a meeting with Vollmer’s agent, Ben Dogra, at the recently completely league meetings was enough to get the ball rolling and lead to a deal.