Sebastian Vollmer agrees to terms on new deal with Patriots

3/25/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe New England Patriots locked one of the top free agent tackles on the market by agreeing to terms on a new deal with their own right tackle Sebastian Vollmer on Sunday.
Financial terms of the contract were not released although it is said to be a four-year deal. The New England Patriots are officially expected to announce the signing on Monday.
With Sebastian Vollmer’s signing, former Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith is arguably the only other top free agent tackle available on the market. The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t made a secret of their intentions to re-sign Andre Smith. Sebastian Vollmer’s deal should help speed up negotiations for Andre Smith, who could use it as a precedent in fielding offers. According to reports from a few weeks ago, Andre Smith is looking for a contract could provide around $9 million per season.
Selected in the second-round out of the University of Houston in the 2009 NFL draft by the New England Patriots, Sebastian Vollmer played 51 games while starting 44 games over the past five seasons.
However, Sebastian Vollmer’s health issues were expected to be a concern in negotiations for a deal since he’s undergone multiple surgeries over the past few off seasons. The 6-8, 320 pounds Sebastian Vollmer was limited to just six regular season games in 2011 due to back issues. But, Sebastian Vollmer bounced back in 2012, starting 15 regular season games while appearing in both postseason games for the New England Patriots. He allowed seven sacks, seven quarterback hits and 26 pressures last season.
The 28-year-old Sebastian Vollmer underwent minor knee surgery in February and is expected to be ready in time for training camp.
He was the final piece in the New England Patriots’ efforts to keep their offensive line intact, after signing former Atlanta Falcons tackle Will Svitek last week to add depth. Sebastian Volmer will rejoin third-year tackle Nate Solder as the bookends, while Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly and Logan Mankins will anchor the interior line.
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