BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots have added a local kid to the mix in their secondary.

The Patriots have signed Grafton native Obi Melifonwu, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The safety was a second-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2017 following a successful career at the University of Connecticut, but injuries have slowed his NFL career thus far.

Melifonwu played in only five games for Oakland as a rookie, including one start, and registered five tackles. He was placed on IR with a hip injury to start his second season and the Raiders placed him on waivers when he returned, making him free to sign with any team.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Melifonwu now joins Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon in New England’s safety corps.


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