As expected, the Patriots announced the signing of fourth-round pick Rich Ohrnberger today. Ohrnberger reached terms with the team last week on a four-year deal worth approximately $2.20 million, including a $451,000 signing bonus.
Ohrnberger's agent, Joe Linta, said last Friday that he expected the rookie offensive lineman to sign the contract early this week.
The guard out of Penn State becomes the first of the Patriots' 12 draft picks to sign with the team.
The 6-2, 291-pound Ohrnberger was taken with the No. 123 overall pick, which the Patriots obtained by sending the two fifth-round picks they received from Philadelphia for cornerback Ellis Hobbs to the Baltimore Ravens, who also sent a sixth-round pick (long snapper Jake Ingram) back to New England.
Ohrnberger started 34 straight games for Penn State after cracking the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2006. Last season, he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors.