Long snapper Paxton signs with Broncos

The change that has swept through this country is blowing through New England, too.

On the day the Patriots were completing a trade of veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel to Kansas City, New England’s veteran long snapper Lonie Paxton signed a five-year, $5.5 deal with the Broncos that includes a $1 million signing bonus. The deal makes Paxton the second-highest paid long snapper in the NFL, slightly behind Cleveland’s Ryan Pontbriand.

An eight-year veteran in New England, Paxton will best be remembered for the snow angels he made after Adam Vinatieri kicked a 23-yard field goal that beat the Raiders and propelled them into the 2001 AFC Championship Game.

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