Fletcher's contract with Pats 

February, 6, 2013
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Linebacker Dane Fletcher missed the entire 2012 campaign due to a torn ACL and was set to become a restricted free agent in March. However, the New England Patriots wasted no time making sure he wouldn't test the market by signing him to a new contract last week.

Fletcher is expected to get in a full offseason of preparation with the Pats and figures to be an important part of their special teams and a contributing reserve on defense. ESPNBoston.com's Field Yates has the latest on the friendly contract he signed with the Pats: