Jermaine Cunningham Inks Contract

Jermaine Cunningham

Can Jermaine Cunningham provide the pass-rush from the OLB spot that the Patriots desperately crave?

The Patriots signed former Florida Gator Jermaine Cunningham, the middle of three 2nd-Rounders in the 2010 NFL Draft.  Cunningham signed a 4-year deal the day before Patriots rookies were set to report.  Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.

The pass-rush of the Patriots has been a question for the last few years, and Cunningham was brought in to fill that role.  His quick first step and repertoire of rush moves will provide Tully Banta-Cain and Derrick Burgess some needed competition at the DE/OLB spot.

Cunningham joins fellow Florida teammate Aaron Hernandez and a bevy of others having signed their contracts, leaving only former teammate Brandon Spikes, Rob Gronkowski, and 1st-Round pick Devin McCourty as the lone un-signed rookies.

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7 Responses to “Jermaine Cunningham Inks Contract”

  1. Jared says:

    To be honest, we havnt had too many established rookies come here at LB…so i really dont know waht to expect from Cunningham, or even my guy Spikes for that matter- I just hope both those guys make a difference somehow in thier first season. Burgess, Banta-Cain, and Guyton-aren’t exactly set in stone as starters looking forward. I believe the jobs are there to be won for both of them, but they have a lot to prove.

  2. Jared says:

    Patriots draft guru….. i think your expectations for Cunningham are a little too high for reality. If he gets 8 sacks this year, its going to be a good season for that defense…but I think your dreamin’.


    • Patriots Draft Guru says:

      You are probably right. I guess it will depend a bit on the DB’s and how Belichick chooses to use Cunningham.

      I’d be happy with anything over 4-5 sacks.

  3. Pats4life says:

    Cunningham was a great pass rusher in Florida. Spikes Cunningham Mayo and Banta Cain will be a great LB core!

  4. Coach Bill says:

    I see him taking over Burgess’ spot by Week 4 at the latest.

  5. Patriots Draft Guru says:

    Cunningham is going to be a beast – I give him 8-10 sacks this year. Glad he got into camp on time.

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