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Patriots sign ex-Tide safety Vinnie Sunseri

Former Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri (No. 43) makes tackle for New Orleans Saints in 2015: Photo via USA Today Sports

After being released from the New Orleans Saints in April, defensive back Vinnie Sunseri has a new home with the New England Patriots.

The former Alabama safety was signed by New England on Sunday, according to a report from the team’s website.

Prior to the NFL, Sunseri played at Alabama under Nick Saban from 2011-14. In 33 career games, he accounted for 105 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, five pass breakups and two defensive touchdowns.

Sunseri was an integral part of two BCS national championships (2011-12) and a Southeastern Conference title in 2012.

He suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2014, but still received a conference championship ring. Sunseri would be selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.

After suffering an arm injury in 2014 and a knee injury in 2015, he was released on April 25, 2016.

The addition of Sunseri gives New England depth in its secondary to complement Malcolm Butler, Patrick Chung, Cyrus Jones and Devin McCourty.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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