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New England Patriots Signings: Pats Sign Rookie OLB Markell Carter

Markell Carter, who the New England Patriots drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, has signed with the team, marking the first player in this years draft class to sign with New England.

Carter isn't expected to become an instant contributor, but could work his way up the depth chart according to our Patriots team over at Pats Pulpit.

While not much will be expected of Carter in his rookie campaign, he certainly has a fair chance to compete and make the roster this training camp, especially when factoring in the impending release of Tully Banta-Cain(via Pats Pulpit)

Carter, who played at Central Arkansas, had 5.5 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss last season in 11 games and was named to the All-Southland Conference first team. In 2009, he had 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss.

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