According to a report from Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the Patriots signed defensive linemen Armond Armstead, formerly of the CFL Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts.
Patriots sign DL Armond Armstead, formerly of USC & CFL, per sources. @adamschefter previously noted he's equivalent of solid draft pick.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 22, 2013
Armstead's path to the NFL was far different from most. He started 17 games in three seasons at USC from 2008-2010, but according to the LA Times, he was not medically cleared to play in 2011 after he had a heart attack earlier that year. He sued the university for unspecified damages, claiming that the heart attack was brought on by improper administration of painkilling injections.
He was undrafted in 2012, as a result of health concerns and signed with the Argonauts, in part to disprove those concerns.
Armstead logged six sacks in a championship season for the Argonauts, and the team released him after he informed them of his desire to play in the NFL.
There was a fair amount of interest in him; ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last week that Armstead visited with the Patriots, Eagles and Colts. At 6'5", 300 pounds, Armstead projects as either a defensive tackle in a 4-3 alignment or a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4.
Here's some more news from around the AFC East.
Howard Simon of WGR 550 SportsRadio lists the quarterbacks the Bills could be looking at headed into the 2013 draft.
Tim Graham of The Buffalo News points out the former Bills coaches that are starting to draw interest around the NFL.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald shares the quotes—all of them—from general manager Jeff Ireland's press conference.
Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post says executives around the NFL are impressed with how well-positioned the Dolphins are with the salary cap and with five picks in the first three rounds of the 2013 draft.
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Bleacher Report's Aaron Nagler and Matt Miller take a look at the 2013 draft needs for the Patriots.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston points out a common thread in the Patriots playoff losses.
Joe Caporoso and the TurnOnTheJets.com crew share their thoughts on the Jets wide receiver situation and potential solutions to the team's lack of an elite threat at the position.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.
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