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Patriots lose linebacker and special-teamer Dane Fletcher to Buccaneers

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The Patriots made several signings last week at defensive back and wide receiver to signify major changes to those positions.

A couple of defections from the linebacker spot indicate big changes are coming to that position, as well.

The Patriots lost reserve linebacker and special teams ace Dane Fletcher Sunday, as he signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was the second linebacker to leave New England over the weekend, with former middle linebacker Brandon Spikes agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with rival Buffalo.

The Patriots didn’t make too much of an effort to re-sign either player, and don’t seem too upset to see them leave.

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