The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with offensive guard Tyronne Green. The 27-year-old guard spent the first four seasons of his career with the San Diego Chargers. Green, a 2009 fourth round draft pick, started 28 games for San Diego, including 13 at left guard last season.
The 6-foot-2, 316-pounder will give the Patriots experience inside, as he can play center or guard. This move will add depth to a Patriots’ offensive line that lost guard Donald Thomas to the Indianapolis Colts this off-season via free agency. Pile on the fact that Patriots guard Dan Connolly underwent off-season shoulder surgery, which will likely keep him out for the entirety of OTAs, and the signing of Green makes perfect sense.
After playing in just three games in his rookie season, Green has appeared in 12 or more games the past three seasons, totaling 41 games played in his NFL career.
Green will battle for the backup guard position with Josh Kline, an undrafted free agent out of Kent State that was signed after the 2013 Draft. He also could be asked to back up center Ryan Wendell. Green’s competition for backup center will come in the form of Nick McDonald, who never got lifted off the practice squad last year after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State.
The Patriots have 89 players currently on their roster and the league limit for the off-season and preseason is 90 players. With the signing of Green, the Patriots have just one roster spot available.