NFL free-agent tracker: Patriots sign OL Tyronne Green

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The New England Patriots boosted their offensive line with another free-agent acquisition.

Offensive lineman Tyronne Green and the New England Patriots have agreed to a contract, according to Schwartz & Feingold. Green is the eighth free-agent signing for the Patriots this offseason, and the second offensive lineman.

A four-year veteran out of Auburn, Green played from 2009-12 with the San Diego Chargers. He broke out last season, starting 13 games at left guard. Before that, he had started 15 games in his career. Checking in at 6'3 and 307 pounds, Green brings good size to New England.

The Patriots' offensive line was solid in 2012, and the Green signing will help add depth. New England gave up 27 sacks last season, sixth-fewest in the NFL, and its 67 quarterback hits allowed ranked 11th in the league. While Bill Belichick's line did a nice job of protecting Tom Brady, it was only average at opening holes in the running game. The Pats averaged 4.2 yards per carry, which ranked 16th.

Over at Pats Pulpit, Greg Knopping sees Green as a valuable addition:

While Green is unlikely to start for the Patriots, he could be a pivotal piece to the depth on the interior and could have similar value to Donald Thomas for the team. He's certainly not a lock for a roster spot -- but with Nick McDonald the only real interior line depth competition, he certainly has a chance to make the team.

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