The Patriots announced Wednesday they have signed David Patten to a one-year contract, reuniting with a player that won three Super Bowls with the franchise.
Patten left New England after the team’s ’04 title and was not in the NFL last year after getting cut by Cleveland late in training camp.
When we first saw the press release by the Patriots, we thought it might be a ceremonial deal so Patten could retire with the team. But the 35-year-old will get a chance to make the squad next year.
We can already imagine the jokes coming from New England, but it’s fair to say that Patten will face steep odds to make the team’s roster in September. (UPDATE: Here’s one of those jokes.)
Then again, Patten was a long shot when he made the Giants as an undrafted free agent back in 1997, and he’s still playing football.