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Patriots to sign free agent DT Davon Godchaux to two-year deal

Davon Godchaux was drafted by the Dolphins out of LSU in 2017.Mark Brown/Getty

The Patriots went big on the first day of free agency, locking up mammoth nose tackle Davon Godchaux to a two-year deal, according to a league source.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 311-pound Godchaux was a fifth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2017 and has played in 52 games in Miami with a 179 tackles and three sacks.

The Patriots’ top interior linemen from last season, Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler, are free agents, so the club moved quickly to get a body in place in case those incumbents leave.

New England also made a splash on the other side of the ball, signing standout tight end Jonnu Smith to a four-year deal worth $50 million.


This story will be updated.

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