FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced the signing of restricted free agent Lonie Paxton today. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Paxton, 24, originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent from Sacramento State on April 19, 2000 and has appeared in 51 consecutive games, including three playoff games, since then. The 6-foot-2-inch, 260-pound long snapper handles those responsibilities for all punts, field goals and extra points. In three years, he has delivered 431 snaps with just three blocked kicks.
Paxton was a four-year starter at Sacramento State, where he played guard in addition to handling all the team's long snapping duties.