BOSTON, Mass. (CBS Sports) — 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.

Kelly, a nine-year veteran, was waived by the Raiders in late-March in a cost-cutting move. The former Mississippi State lineman was set to carry a cap hit of $6.5 million for the 2013 season before his release. After recording 14.5 sacks from 2010 to 2011, Kelly’s sack total dipped to 1.0 last season.

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“Tommy Kelly is one of the best defensive linemen in the league,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

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