A deep team, with a mix of rookies and veterans, has long been what the Patriots front office has strived for. With the signing of former Pro Bowl offensive guard Brian Waters, they are one step closer to that goal.
Waters, who has long been a stalwart for the Kansas City Chiefs, is expected to contribute right away for New England.
His solid all-around game and veteran experience will be invaluable for a team that seems one or two players away from assuring a deep playoff run.
While Logan Mankins has had a deathgrip on the left guard spot, the right guard spot has slipped through the hands of multiple players over the last season or two.
Nick Kaczur was released after not being able to stay healthy, while Rich Ohrnberger was just placed on IR after a head injury in the last pre-season game against the Giants.
Last year’s starter Dan Connolly and veteran backup Ryan Wendell have both been knicked up during this year’s prelude to the regular season. Marcus Cannon – perhaps the future at RG – has been placed on the NFI list as he recovers from cancer treatment.
Five-time Pro Bowler Waters joins the ranks of spectacular undrafted players on the Patriots roster.
Update: Waters signed a 2-year deal worth north of $5 million.
No word yet on who has been released or placed on IR to make room for Waters.