The New England Patriots and offensive tackle Will Svitek have agreed on a 1-year, $1 million deal in a move to bolster their offensive line. Svitek missed the entire 2012 season after suffering an upper body injury in training camp with the Atlanta Falcons. He started 10 games for the Falcons in 2011.
Svitek was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2005 NFL draft. He played defensive end in college but the Chiefs converted him to tackle because of his massive stature. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Svitek played three years with the Chiefs before landing with the Falcons in 2009, after missing the entire 2008 season. He started 12 games in his Atlanta tenure, appearing in 45 games total.
Svitek is known as a skilled pass protector and will provide depth at the left tackle position behind starter Nate Soldier. With Sebastian Vollmer still not signed, Svitek has an outside chance of competing for the starting right tackle position. Vollmer’s free agent status has remained relatively quiet as his off-season knee scope may have lowered his value in the open market.
The general belief is that Vollmer will return to the Patriots as he is just testing the market to see what type of money he could possibly receive from interested suitors. With the market for offensive tackles not very high, Vollmer may opt to sign a one year deal with the Patriots and test the market in 2014. If Vollmer does not return, the Patriots have added insurance to their offensive line with the addition of Will Svitek.