Patriots Give Kyle Love A Contract Extension Through 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Kyle Love #74 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a sack against the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Patriots and Kyle Love have agreed on a deal that will keep the starting defensive tackle in New England for another season.

The Patriots have agreed to an extension with third-year defensive tackle Kyle Love, a deal that will keep him in New England next season.

Love was an undrafted free agent in 2010, but played well in a starting role opposite Vince Wilfork on the Pats' front line in his sophomore season in the league. He was already under contract to play the upcoming season for $540,000, but New England decided to tack on an extra year to the exclusive-rights free agent's contract, a deal that will give him a maximum of $3.1 million with a $500,000 signing bonus. Love is expected to be a starter for the Patriots this year.

The former Mississippi State player started 13 games in his second season in the league, starting every game after Week 4. The 310-pounder recorded three sacks and continued to play in a starting role all through the Patriots' playoff run that led all the way to the Super Bowl.

For more on the Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston.

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