Started the first three games of the season at strong side linebacker but then lost his job and having been inactive for two games, was traded to the Patriots for a minor draft pick in October. Had started four games in a similar role in 2013 before being placed on IR. Came off the field in passing situations and hence missed out on some starts accordingly. Signed as a free agent in March 2013 having spent the previous four seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Had seven starts across those years and played in Super Bowl XLIV against Indianapolis. Made his first career start against the Bucs as a rookie in December 2009.