Patriots bring back LB Jonathan Freeny

Nov 23, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots middle linebacker Jonathan Freeny (55) celebrates after the Patriots recovered a fumbled punt against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
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The New England Patriots have signed linebacker Jonathan Freeny, the team announced Wednesday. This will mark Freeny’s second stint with the Patriots.

New England waived Freeny back on Sept. 2 during the final round of roster cuts before the regular season began.

The 28-year-old, who played his college football at Rutgers University, went undrafted in 2011 and ended up signing with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent in July of that year.

He was released by the Dolphins before the 2011 campaign began and then linked up with the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League. Freeny spent two months with the Rush before returning to the NFL to sign with Miami’s practice squad in December 2011.

The following year, Freeny made the Dolphins’ active roster, where he played primarily on special teams. He lasted three seasons with Miami, playing in all 16 games in his first two years and registering 35 tackles and a sack across his tenure with the Dolphins overall.

In March 2015, the Patriots signed Freeny, and he went on to start seven games for New England that ensuing season, finishing with 50 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Last season, Freeny injured his shoulder in October and was placed on the injured reserve list after just five games.

After being released by New England in September, Freeny signed with the Baltimore Ravens and played three contests there before being cut. His next stop was back in Florida with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Jaguars released him after just four days.

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