Patriots go for depth, agree to terms with veteran DT Lewis

The New England Patriots have agreed to undisclosed terms with veteran defensive tackle Damione Lewis, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi confirmed Friday via a team source.

Lewis, 32, gives the Patriots needed depth in the middle of their defensive line. Two-time Pro Bowl pick Vince Wilfork recently signed a five-year, $40 million contract to remain in New England, but five-year veteran Mike Wright is the most experienced tackle besides him.

The Carolina Panthersreleased Lewis last month in what he said was a cost-cutting move. Lewis would have been due $4 million next season and a $1 million roster bonus.

"Coach (John) Fox said it was more of an economic deal. He said it wasn't about the way I played," Lewis said then. "I feel like I had a good season. The only thing I didn't do was that my sack numbers were down."

Lewis had 41 tackles and a half sack in 16 starts last season. He had 48 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2008, the first season he replaced Kris Jenkins as a starter in Carolina.

Lewis was a first-round draft pick (12th overall) by the St. Louis Rams in 2001, then played five seasons with the team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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