The Patriots signed former Northeastern defensive lineman Jason Vega to a three-year contract.
Vega, who was a standout player at Brockton High School, has spent the last two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 255-pound Vega has run a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, and had 12 sacks in two years with Winnipeg. He occasionally lined up as a tight end in goal-line situations.
Though the sides reached an agreement last month, the deal could not be finalized until after Vega’s Winnipeg deal expired Friday.
Agent David Weinshel said the Patriots were among six teams that wanted to work out Vega, and that playing near home was attractive to the 25-year-old.
“For him I think it was more the fit — I always tell players, ‘Go where you think you have the best chance of making the roster,’ ’’ Weinshel said. “Playing at home was definitely a consideration.”
Weinshel also noted that the Patriots have a history of giving players the opportunity to play if they’ve earned it, no matter how they came to the team.
Vega is in Miami training.
This is the second CFL defensive lineman the Patriots have signed this offseason; last month, they acquired Armond Armstead.