Patriots bring back linebacker Kyle Van Noy

Mark Daniels
The Providence Journal
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Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy takes the field prior to the Aug. 8 preseason game in Detroit. [AP / Paul Sancya]

Kyle Van Noy is coming back to New England.

The veteran linebacker announced on Wednesday night in a social media post that he was signing with the Patriots. According to a source, it’s a two-year deal worth up to $13.2 million

“Pats nation, I’m back. Let’s get it,” Van Noy says in a video posted on his Twitter account.

After 3½ successful seasons in Foxboro, Van Noy spent last season in Miami. He finished with 69 tackles, six sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 14 games. The 29-year-old had 56 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hits the year before in Foxboro. He’ll instantly help a Patriots front seven that struggled to get to the quarterback in 2020, finishing 27th in the NFL in total sacks.

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Van Noy is the second pass rusher the Patriots signed this offseason, joining Pro Bowler Matthew Judon. The Pats are also getting Dont’a Hightower back after he opted out last season. Combine Judon, Hightower and Van Noy with Chase Winovich and Josh Uche and the Patriots could have a dangerous front seven in 2021. The team also signed defensive linemen Davon Godchaux, Henry Anderson and re-signed Deatrich Wise this week.

Head coach Bill Belichick made one of the best trades in his career when he acquired Van Noy and a seventh-round pick for a sixth-round pick back in 2016. At the time, the linebacker fell out of favor in Detroit but fit right in with the Patriots, where he ended up winning two Super Bowls. Van Noy had several career-seasons in New England. He finished with 73 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2017. The next season, he made 93 tackles to go with 3.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hits. His 6.5 sacks in 2019 were also a career high.

The Patriots' Kyle Van Noy pressures Rams quarterback Jared Goff in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta in 2019.

His performance in 2019 led to a four-year, $51-million contract with Miami. Because of the shrinking salary cap, however, the Dolphins released Van Noy after not being able to find a trading partner. Miami saved $9.8 million in cap space with that roster move.

That led Van Noy back to the Patriots organization, which has spent more money this year in free agency than any Patriots team in franchise history. Van Noy is the 10th free agent signing for the Patriots. 

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