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Patriots sign veteran OL Brian Schwenke; release rookie TE Shane Wimann

The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed veteran OL Brian Schwenke.
The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed veteran OL Brian Schwenke.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed veteran OL Brian Schwenke. Terms of the contract were not announced. 

In addition, the Patriots released rookie TE Shane Wimann. 

Schwenke, 27, is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans. The 6-foot-3, 318-pounder originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round (107th overall) draft pick by Tennessee out of California in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was signed by Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2017 but was released at the end of training camp and re-signed by Tennessee on Sept. 4, 2017. Schwenke has played in 57 NFL games with 30 starts, including 25 starts at center and five at left guard. He also played in two postseason games in 2017 for the Titans. He made his first 25 starts at center and then made five starts over the last two seasons at left guard. In 2017, Schwenke played in 16 games with two starts at left guard and then saw action as a reserve in the postseason. 

Wimann, 23, was signed by New England as a rookie free agent out of Northern Illinois on May 11, 2018. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder finished his college career with 65 receptions for 635 yards and 17 touchdowns. His seven touchdowns as a senior were the school record by a tight end.

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