Patriots OL OhrnBerger First To Sign
Rich Ohrnberger
Rich Ohrnberger
Posted Jun 12, 2009

Adam Caplan, Senior NFL writer for, reports that the Patriots have come to terms with their first 2009 Draft pick, OL Rich Ohrnberger.

The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger according to a league source who told Senior NFL Writer Adam Caplan Thursday. The deal is reportedly worth approximately $2.2 million over four years with a $451,000 signing bonus.

The 6-foot-2, 291-pound Penn State product was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. A three-year starter for the Nittany Lions, Ohrnberger is expected to compete for a role as the team's top reserve offensive guard behind Billy Yates and Russ Hochstein. Starters Logan Mankins (LG) and Stephen Neal (RG) are in the final year of their contracts.

Ohrnberger known for his comedy skills, hopes to play wherever he's needed. When he learned he'd become a Patriot one he spoke of how excited he was to join a winning program. His experience playing for one of the longest tenured and most successful coaches in college football prepared him for the jump to the pro level.

"It was terrific to play for Coach Paterno. He's obviously a very successful coach," Ohrnberger said shortly after he was Drafted. "I learned a lot of great lessons from him and this transition going to Coach Belichick… he seems like an incredibly intelligent man. I am excited to learn a lot from him."

Ohrnberger was one of three offensive linemen selected by the Patriots in the 2009 NFL Draft joined by Sebastian Vollmer (2nd round) and George Bussey (5th round).

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