The New England Patriots have had a far from ideal off-season, to say the very least.
The Patriots have had to deal with the fall out from the DeflateGate scandal that has seen Tom Brady be suspended for the first four games of the season, while the organisation lost a first and fourth round draft pick along with a $1million fine.
And the defense hasn't gotten off easy either. New England lost cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner as well as defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, leaving their excellent 2014 defense looking decimated.
According to a report from Doug Kyed, a Patriots beat reporter for New England Sports Network (NESN), the Patriots have signed linebacker Dekoda Watson.
Watson signed with the Jaguars as a free agent before the 2014 season, but lost his spot on the roster after nine games that saw him record 14 tackles. He landed with the Cowboys for the final weeks of the season and saw action in one game without making an impression on the stat sheet.
Watson broke into the league as a 2010 seventh-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of Florida State and played in 60 games for them over four years. He had 106 tackles, three sacks and an interception in Tampa.
The Patriots will probably throw Watson into competition for reserve spots in the linebacking corps and his ability to help the team on special teams will likely determine how he fares in that scrum.