Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have agreed to terms with fullback Tony Fiammetta.
A bone-crushing lead blocker (when healthy), Fiammetta, 25, was kept out the lineup longer than expected last season with the Dallas Cowboys due to a mysterious inner-ear problem that caused nausea and dizziness.
While his medical concerns may have hurt his chances of landing a bigger deal on the open market, the 6-0, 242-pound fullback out of Syracuse is headed to a perennial powerhouse.
Fiammetta played in 10 games and had two starts in his rookie year in 2009 for the Carolina Panthers. The Kaneohe, HI born fullback made 14 appearances and started nine contests in 2010, before starting six games and making 10 appearances in Dallas last season.
In three seasons, Fiammetta has totaled 26 yards on 11 attempts on the ground and eight catches for 73 yards. He becomes the fourth fullback on the Pats’ roster, joining Lousaka Polite, Eric Kettani and the very versatile and recently-added Spencer Larsen.
I wonder if this will become the newest cutting-edge (or old school) layer added to the team’s offense in 2012.