Patriots agree to terms with safety Obi Melifonwu

Obi Melifonwu played in just five games as a rookie.
Obi Melifonwu played in just five games as a rookie.(Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)

The Patriots agreed to terms with safety Obi Melifonwu, his agent told ESPN.

Melifonwu, who visited the Patriots on Oct. 26, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 23. The 24-year-old is from Grafton and played for the University of Connecticut from 2012-16.

A freakish athlete who tore up the 2017 NFL Combine, Melifonwu was drafted 56th overall last year and began the regular season on injured reserve after undergoing knee injury in early September. He was activated in November and played five games before hip surgery ended his season in December.

The Raiders waived him in August this year, but he wasn’t claimed and landed on injured reserve again. The club released him two months later.


At the 2017 combine, Melifonwu, who is 6 feet 4 inches and 224 pounds, recorded a 4.40-second 40-yard dash, a 44-inch vertical jump, and a 141-inch broad jump, all of which were tops among safeties.

Jim McBride contributed to this report.