The Patriots have re-signed defensive end / outside linebacker Derrick Burgess to a one-year deal. Burgess, a two-time pro bowl invitee, spent his first year with the Patriots in 2009. He played the previous seven years in Oakland and Philadelphia.
Burgess was widely considered a bust for the Patriots, who gave up valuable 3rd and 5th round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. However, Coach Bill Belichick praised his performance in 2009, where he totaled 35 tackles and 5 sacks. Other than fellow OLB Tully Banta-Cain, nobody put more pressure on the opposing quarterback late in the season: Burgess notched a sack in the three of the last four games.
Although this signing will be met with groans by many a Patriot fan, we think it was the right call. Signing Burgess gives the Patriots some flexibility in letting Jermaine Cunningham develop in the 3-4 OLB position. Look for the former Gator to get more reps as the season unfolds.