Offensive tackle close to long-term deal with Patriots.
The New England Patriots are close to finalising a deal with offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer in a deal which is expected to last four years, according to the Boston Herald.
Vollmer had been a free agent this off-season but seemed to attract little attention from other teams, despite his impressive size and formidable skill, that has been on display since being drafted by New England in 2009.
At 6’8″ and 320lbs, the 28-year old is literally a big presence on the Patriots offensive line, and is imperative in their passing game.
The New England offensive line allowed just 27 sacks last season, illsutrating why the Patriots advanced to the AFC championship game.
New England will maintain their same offensive line from 2013, which is superb news for Bill Belichick, as keeping an offensive line consistent in its personnel means a stronger offensive unit all together.
Vollmer may not have been the key priority for the Patriots during the off-season, but keeping him under contract until 2017 is a big coup for the Patriots as they push for another Super Bowl in the coming years.