After making huge strides from his rookie season in 2010 to his 2011 campaign, the New England Patriots have signed defensive tackle Kyle Love to an extension through 2013, according to his agent Sean Stellato.

The deal is for $3.1 million with a $500,000 signing bonus, taking him through the next two seasons in a Patriots uniform.

"We're very excited that we were able to secure some guaranteed money in this deal," said Stellato. "Kyle is a very deserving client and one of the hardest working players in the NFL. We're glad the Patriots made this commitment to him, especially when they didn't even have to. We won't forget this."

After signing as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Love appeared in nine games and started just one in his rookie season, finishing with five tackles and assisting on another two.

The improvement he showed from year one to year two was tremendous, as the Mississippi State product appeared in all 16 games last year, starting 13 of them and finishing with 20 tackles and 16 assists. He also had three sacks.

"Kyle has the Patriots in his blood. He defines everything it means to be a Patriot," said Stellato. "We're very pleased. In a nutshell, getting this done was a priority for him. The Patriots have a unique ability to recognize talent, especially with guys that are undrafted, and see their intrinsic value."

Stellato's Director of Football Operations at Klass Sports, which deems as "a secret weapon so secret I can't tell you his name" was instrumental in orchestrating this deal.