Former Kent State offensive lineman Josh Kline signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots Saturday night, not long after the conclusion of the NFL draft. 


Kline, a fifth-year senior from Mason, said his phone rang quite a bit on Saturday during the draft, but it ultimately came down to five free-agent offers from which to choose from.


“(New England) contacted me (before the draft ended), saying they were one of the teams looking at me to sign right away after the draft was over,” said Kline, a second-team All-Mid-American Conference selection last year. “I had five offers on the table, and New England was giving me the highest number. So, I went with them right after the draft.”


The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder played right guard for the Golden Flashes during his last season and a half with the Golden Flashes, teaming with left tackle Brian Winters (drafted in the third round by the New York Jets) to help pave the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in KSU’s historic 11-win season.


But now, Kline has more options at the professional level with the Patriots.


“They want to put me at both guard (spots) and center,” he said. “They want to see me out at all three positions.”


Kline has just a few more days in Ohio before packing up and heading out to New England.


“I report this Thursday,” he said. “I fly up there and then minicamp is this weekend.”