The New England Patriots locked up a promising young nose tackle Thursday.
Sealver Siliga signed the Patriots’ exclusive-rights free-agent tender, according to the NFL’s transaction wire. The Patriots tendered Siliga before free agency began March 10. The terms of his contract have not been disclosed.
The fourth-year pro had 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks in just seven games and five starts last season. He missed time with a foot injury early in the season that landed him on short-term injured reserve. He added 12 tackles in the playoffs last season.
Siliga originally signed to the Patriots’ practice squad in 2013 after being cut from the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad. He was signed to the Patriots’ active roster in November 2013 and played in five games, starting four, and recording three sacks and 23 tackles.
Siliga is expected to start for the Patriots again next season with Vince Wilfork leaving for the Houston Texans in free agency.
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