Before the start of the new league year on March 10, the New England Patriots tendered a contract to exclusive-rights free agent Sealver Siliga. The defensive tackle officially signed that contract on Thursday, according to the NFL transaction wire.
The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Siliga first signed to New England’s practice squad in November of 2013, after spending parts of his first three NFL seasons between the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, playing in one game. The former undrafted free agent out of Utah has since gone on to play in 12 regular-season games with the Patriots, starting nine.
A 6-foot-2, 325-pound nose, Siliga has recorded 55 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble over his last two campaigns in New England.
He was limited to seven contests in 2014 due to a foot injury that placed him on short-term injured reserve in September, but returned for the final stretch and Super Bowl victory.
Siliga was a prominent feature alongside Vince Wilfork and Alan Branch on New England’s heavy three-man line, as well as the four-man line. And he is line for a pivotal role as he returns for 2015, with Wilfork now in the middle of the Houston Texans’.