The New England Patriots have signed former Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Tommy Kelly.
Hoping to fortify their interior defensive line alongside perennial Pro Bowl tackle Vince Wilfork, the New England Patriots have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.
The Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who started every game the last two seasons. The move saves the team $4.8 million against the salary cap this year.
The move is the latest to distance the organization from the era of late owner Al Davis. Kelly originally signed with Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and quickly became a mainstay on the defense, signing a $50.1 million, seven-year contract to remain with Oakland in 2008.
The Raiders have assured themselves of another mediocre season with their eighth loss. As professionals, the players owe it to themselves, the organization, and most importantly the fans to play with some pride the final five games.
Defensive Tackle Tommy Kelly has played for the Silver and Black for all nine of his NFL seasons. Statistically, the 2012 season is probably one of his worst. He is among the highest-paid defensive players in the league midway through a seven-year contract.