May 20, 2018
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Woodhead bolts Patriots for Chargers

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

Tom Brady lost another offensive weapon from his arsenal Friday when free-agent running back Danny Woodhead signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.

Woodhead’s move to San Diego, which was announced by the Chargers, comes on the heels of slot receiver Wes Welker also leaving Brady and the New England Patriots for an AFC West team. Welker signed with the Denver Broncos on Thursday.

As a dual-purpose back, Woodhead totaled 301 yards on the ground and 446 receiving yards and scored seven touchdowns for the Patriots last season.

Woodhead, 28, is expected to complement San Diego running back Ryan Mathews and fill a role similar to Darren Sproles when he was with the Chargers.

Patriots re-sign Arrington

Cornerback Kyle Arrington re-signed with the New England Patriots, agreeing to a four-year deal Friday.

Arrington started 40 games in the past three seasons with the Patriots, who added Arrington in 2009. He was on the roster of the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a rookie in 2008 but played in only one regular-season game.

Arrington cracked the starting lineup in New England in 2010 and has played outside and over the slot receiver as the Patriots’ nickel cornerback.

He had seven interceptions in 2011.

Patriots to meet with three Pro Bowl defenders

Dwight Freeney was one of three former Pro Bowl defensive players scheduled to gain an audience with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Friday.

Defensive end John Abraham and strong safety Adrian Wilson were also scheduled to be in Foxborough.

All three were released in recent weeks.

New England had one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL for the second straight season in 2012, and must improve its pass rush.

Freeney and Abraham have a combined 229.5 sacks. Abraham is the NFL’s active sack leader with 122. He turns 35 in May.

Wilson is a hard-hitting strong safety who essentially served as an extra linebacker with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent his entire 12-year career with the team, but was limited to select defensive personnel packages in 2012.

Freeney played outside linebacker in the 3-4 for the first time last season.

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