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Patriots agree to deal with Tommy Kelly

Tommy Kelly

Oakland Raiders tight end David Ausberry (86) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Tommy Kelly became an object lesson with the Raiders, an example of the kind of awful contract that got them into their current mess.

Now, he’s on the other end of the spectrum.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal with the former Raiders defensive tackle. There were no numbers involved in Rapoport’s report, but it’s going to be a far cry from the seven-year, $50.5 million deal the Raiders gave him in 2008.

Kelly’s 32, and clearly on the downside of a good career. But he’s also versatile enough to be a good piece for the Patriots line that has made good use of veterans in the past.