Report: Patriots Come to Terms with Brace, Bussey


Jul 17, 2009

The Patriots have certainly been busy signing draft picks this week, and they kept right on rolling on Friday afternoon, locking up second-rounder Ron Brace and fifth-rounder George Bussey.

Brace, a nose tackle out of Boston College, reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth about $2.82 million in guaranteed money, according to agent Nate Haber's Twitter account (what would we do without Twitter?). He was selected with the 40th overall selection in the 2009 draft.

"Ron's very excited to get his deal done with the Patriots," Haber told the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss via email. "It's a dream come true for him. We have a lot of respect for their organization, and we look forward to watching Ron develop in New England."

Along with first-rounder B.J. Raji (who was scooped up by Green Bay), Brace led the Eagles to the ACC's top rushing defense in 2008, registering 27 tackles, three sacks and 11 tackles — good for second on the team.

Signing Brace was especially critical for New England, given the uncertainties surrounding the future of veteran nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

The Globe also reports that the Patriots came to an agreement with Bussey late on Friday afternoon. A source tells Chris Gasper that the offensive lineman out of Louisville agreed to a four-year deal.

The only second-rounder New England is still waiting on is Patrick Chung, the No. 34 overall pick in this year's draft and the Patriots top selection overall. They have yet to reach agreements with third-rounder Tyrone McKenzie and sixth-rounder Jack Ingram.

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