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Patriots Sign OT Victor Leyva

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed free agent offensive tackle Victor Leyva today. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Leyva, 27, is entering his fourth NFL season and has played in 10 career games, all with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002. The 6-foot-4-inch, 307-pound offensive lineman was originally drafted by the Bengals in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He made Cincinnati's 53-man roster as a rookie in 2001, but did not see any game action. The following season, the Arizona State product saw action in 10 games, including five contests where he saw time on the offensive line. In 2003, he was on the 53-man roster all season but did not play in any games. Leyva was re-signed by the Bengals as a restricted free agent prior to the 2004 season, but was waived on Sept. 9, prior to the regular-season opener. He spent the remainder of the 2004 season out of football. Leyva was signed by the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 19, 2005 and later waived on Apr. 28.

Leyva (pronounced "LAY-vuh") was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and grew up in Porterville, Calif.

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