FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Former Penns Valley and Penn State standout Josh Hull has found a new home in the NFL.
The New England Patriots signed the free-agent linebacker on Thursday. Terms of the contract were not announced.
Hull, 26, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2010-12) and the Washington Redskins (2013). The 6-foot-3, 246-pounder was originally drafted by Rams in the seventh-round (254th overall) out of Penn State in 2010. He was released by St. Louis at the end of training camp in 2013 and signed with Washington as a free agent on Oct. 15, 2013.
Hull has played in 39 NFL games with one start and has registered 25 total tackles, mostly on special teams. He missed most of his rookie campaign with a knee injury. He also ended his 2011 season on injured reserve with an ankle injury. With the Redskins last season, Hull played in 11 games and finished with 14 tackles.
Hull was a former walk-on at Penn State who became the Nittany Lions starting middle linebacker. He entered the lineup in 2008 when Sean Lee was injured and finished second on the team behind NaVorro Bowman with 75 tackles. The following season he led the Nittany Lions with 116 total stops, including two sacks and two interceptions.