Former Panthers defensive lineman Damione Lewis is officially a member of the Patriots -- the team announced his signing in a release this morning. News that the two sides had reached an agreement came just over a week ago.
The 6-foot-2, 301 pound Lewis is a 10-year NFL veteran. He was drafted 12th overall by St. Lewis in 2001 after a standout career at the University of Miami and remained with the Rams through 2005. He signed with Carolina as an unrestricted free agent in 2006, and became a full-time starter there in '08 after the Panthers traded Kris Jenkins to the Jets.
Last year, Lewis started all 16 games for the Panthers, with 41 tackles, a half-sack and a fumble recovery.