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Dane Fletcher | Linebacker | #52

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 245
College: Montana State
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WEEI's Christopher Price reports Patriots LB Dane Fletcher is retiring.
Fletcher was a free agent. A role player on defense, Fletcher was a core special teamer. He's only 29, and appeared in all 16 games last season, so his retirement comes as a surprise. Fletcher was a 2010 undrafted free agent out of Montana State. Wed, Mar 9, 2016 04:00:00 PM

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The Patriots will not activate LB Dane Fletcher (knee) from the reserve/PUP list, ending his season.

A core special teamer, Fletcher is headed for free agency. He turned 29 in September.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 05:26:00 PM

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher is expected to open the season on reserve/PUP.

Reserve/PUP would cost Fletcher the first six games of the season. A core special teamer and reserve linebacker, Fletcher tore his ACL late last year. He finished 2014 with 39 tackles and a half-sack, making four starts.
Source: WEEI Boston
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 09:03:00 PM

Patriots signed LB Dane Fletcher.

Fletcher spent the first four years of his career (2010-13) with the Patriots as a key special teamer. He went to the Bucs last year, where he started four games at middle linebacker and finished with a career-high 39 tackles. Now Fletcher is back in New England along with Brandon Spikes to provide insurance while Dont'a Hightower and Jerod Mayo rehab injuries.
Tue, May 26, 2015 09:01:00 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss said there's a "good chance" Dane Fletcher will sign with the Patriots.

New England is looking to add linebacker depth with Dont'a Hightower and Jerod Mayo coming off surgeries. Fletcher was brought in for a visit last week. The Patriots are also looking at Brandon Spikes. New England would likely wait until Tuesday to sign both players. That's the first day teams can sign unrestricted free agents without giving up a compensatory draft pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, May 10, 2015 11:12:00 AM

Free agent LB Dane Fletcher visited the Patriots.

Fletcher appeared in 16 games (358 snaps) for the Bucs last year, making four starts. He spent his first three seasons in New England, where he was a key special teamer. Fletcher will only require the veteran minimum.
Wed, May 6, 2015 05:27:00 PM

Buccaneers signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Fletcher, 27, performed spot duty at both inside and outside linebacker in New England, but will likely focus on special teams in Tampa Bay. He recorded eight tackles on kickoff and punt coverage with the Patriots last season.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 03:22:00 PM

Free agent LB Dane Fletcher will visit with the Raiders on Sunday.

Fletcher was mostly limited to special teams during his four-year tenure with the Patriots, but is also capable of filling in as a reserve linebacker. In addition to the Raiders, Fletcher has also been linked to the Bucs.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 05:39:00 PM

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (knee surgery) is participating in OTAs.

Per reporter Field Yates, Fletcher wasn't showing "any signs of limitations." He missed all of 2012 with a torn ACL. He's returning as a reserve linebacker and special teamer.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, May 21, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Patriots re-signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year contract.

Fletcher was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Patriots finalized a deal before he was able to talk to other teams on March 12. The third-year pro missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL, but his recovery is said to be on a "positive course." Fletcher will return as a key reserve and special teams player.
Source: ESPN Boston
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 03:02:00 PM

Patriots restricted free agent LB Dane Fletcher (ACL surgery) believes he can be recovered in time to put in a full offseason.

Fletcher tore his ACL while covering the first punt of the preseason opener. The Patriots begin OTAs in April, and Fletcher will be eight months removed from surgery by then. New England will look to retain Fletcher as a reserve and special teamer, likely with a second-round or "original pick" restricted tender.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 01:24:00 PM

Patriots placed LB Dane Fletcher (ACL surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Fletcher went unclaimed after being placed on waivers, and won't count against the 53-man roster. The special teamer was set to open the year as the primary backup to MLB Brandon Spikes.
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 11:49:00 AM

Patriots waived/injured LB Dane Fletcher.

Fletcher tore his ACL in Thursday's preseason opener. The special teamer and reserve linebacker was set to serve as MLB Brandon Spikes' primary backup. Fletcher is scheduled for restricted free agency in 2013.
Mon, Aug 13, 2012 06:01:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots LB Dane Fletcher sustained a torn left ACL in Thursday's preseason opener.

Fletcher drew the start in the middle with Brandon Spikes sitting out. Following the injury, rookie Dont'a Hightower moved from the strong side to Fletcher's spot. The injury will increase the responsibilities of veteran Bobby Carpenter, who was signed for depth and versatility. Fletcher was expected to be Spikes' primary backup this season.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 09:32:00 PM

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (thumb) is expected to shed his cast in the next few days.

Fletcher was strong in training camp last year and, with Brandon Spikes injured, was the frontrunner to start at middle linebacker. An injury to his right thumb, however, held him under 300 snaps for the season. The 25-year-old will enter camp as Spikes' primary backup and a special teams contributor.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Apr 8, 2012 08:50:00 AM

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