FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One day after placing defensive tackle Dominique Easley on season-ending injured reserve, the New England Patriots are signing free-agent defensive tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen to add depth at the position.
While the signing is not yet official, the 6-foot-1, 330-pound Kitchen was present in the team's locker room Wednesday and dressing for practice.
Kitchen, who attended Kent State, played for the Browns from 2012-2014. In 2013 the Browns' general manager was Michael Lombardi, who currently serves as an assistant to the Patriots' coaching staff.
Kitchen entered the NFL as an undrafted player with the Ravens in 2012. He was claimed by the Browns on waivers before the start of the 2012 season, and went on to play in 40 regular-season games and totaled 78 tackles for them in three seasons.
Kitchen, who also played in one game this season for the Lions, saw some familiar faces in the Patriots' locker room in former Cleveland teammates Jabaal Sheard and Eric Martin. Sheard referred to him by the nickname "Big Kitch" on Wednesday.