Free agent DL Amon Gordon signed a deal with the New England Patriots on Wednesday night. It is a move that helps build depth on the team's defensive line by adding another big body in the middle.
Gordon, a former fifth round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2004, has bounced around the league over his career. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Stanford product played in just six games for Cleveland before injuries took their toll. The Browns waived Gordon in March of 2006 after he spent his sophomore seasons (2005) on injured reserve.
Gordon went to training camp with the Broncos in 2006, but was released prior to the season. He returned in 2007, appearing in 4 games for Denver before being waived. After becoming available from Denver he was signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Baltimore activated him to their active roster where he played in one game for the Raves that season.
In 2008 Gordon went to camp with Baltimore but again found himself looking for a job soon thereafter. The Tennessee Titans put him on their practice squad, promoting him to the active roster for two games late in the season. Gordon spent time with the Eagles in 2009, but was waived prior to the start of the season and spent the year out of football.
Patriots Insider Analysis: Gordon's journeyman career has landed him an opportunity in New England. While he may not have the pedigree of some other defensive prospects, he should get an opportunity to see if he can contribute to a line that was often criticized for not getting enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks, or being stout against the run. The team's rapid exit from the 2009 playoffs was a direct result of their inability to slow down Ray Rice and the Ravens' ground game.
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