Patriots sign LB Jonathan Freeny

With an eye toward adding depth at linebacker and special teams, the New England Patriots signed former Miami Dolphins linebacker Jonathan Freeny on Thursday. Freeny was a restricted free agent, but Miami didn't tender him an offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.

The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Freeny played at Rutgers, a school Bill Belichick has great respect for, as evidenced by the four Scarlet Knights alumni on the New England roster (defensive backs Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon and tight end Tim Wright).

Freeny entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Miami in 2011. He has played in 42 career games (zero starts).

This marks the second day in a row the Patriots have signed a restricted free agent who was not tendered an offer by his prior team, as on Wednesday they brought aboard former Raiders cornerback Chimdi Chekwa.