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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Dane Fletcher to visit Raiders

By Mike Reiss

Free-agent linebacker Dane Fletcher is scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders and will head to town Sunday.

Fletcher, who led the Patriots in special-teams tackles last season (15) and played 18 percent of the defensive snaps (primarily as a sub/coverage player), previously visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Fletcher overcame long odds to emerge with the Patriots, signing as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and making the transition from college defensive end at Montana State to NFL linebacker.

In 2013, he was praised by coach Bill Belichick for his work in coming back from a torn ACL that sidelined him for the entire 2012 season.