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The deal will be announced next week.
Lewis was a late addition to this year's free-agent crop -- the Panthers released him just before the signing period began last month -- despite the fact that he started all 16 games last season for Carolina. Lewis initially was one of the St. Louis Rams' three first-round picks in 2001.
Lewis was scheduled to earn $755,000 this season had he played with Carolina. His salary with New England likely will not be all that different, but will include a low amount of guaranteed money.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.
In continuing to try to improve their front seven, the New England Patriots reached an agreement Friday with former Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis, according to a league source.