Patriots announce Vollmer deal

The Patriots officially announced the signing of offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer on Tuesday, a deal that was initially reported by colleague Field Yates on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Vollmer has played in 51 games (44 starts) in the regular season from 2009-2012, in addition to starting five postseason games.

Vollmer's return means the Patriots' starting offensive line returns intact in 2013.