Dane Fletcher reaches deal with Bucs

March, 16, 2014
Mar 16
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher, the team announced on Sunday.

Fletcher, 27, originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Montana in 2010. He has spent each of his four pro seasons with the Patriots, logging 81 tackles in 38 regular-season games played. He missed the entirety of the 2012 regular season after tearing his ACL in preseason play.

He played just more than 18 percent of the Patriots defensive snaps in 2013, but was a critical contributor on special teams. He will likely continue to be a primary contributor on special teams for Tampa Bay.

New Bucs GM Jason Licht was a member of the Patriots' personnel department when Fletcher was signed as an undrafted free agent.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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