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Patriots bring back familiar face to wideout group

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.

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30 Responses to “Patriots bring back familiar face to wideout group”
  1. patriotsfan says: Feb 24, 2010 1:58 PM

    This signing makes no sense trying to get young so we pick you a 35 year old..i would really like to see the pats trade up and get dez bryant and then take toby gehart late in the second round..i know its a long shot but sounds good to me!!

  2. BLACKQBWHITERB says: Feb 24, 2010 2:02 PM

    why not? he knows the system, may contribute somehow….no real downside for the pats

  3. LSD says: Feb 24, 2010 2:04 PM

    Patten, what? Wahh, this won’t solve anything. How is Tom going to connect with this guy again? Wahhh.

  4. Zoology says: Feb 24, 2010 2:04 PM

    Gotta love David Patten. He’s been productive on every team he’s ever played for, which is a lot.

  5. Grape-Ape says: Feb 24, 2010 2:05 PM

    If he makes it, and that’s a big if.
    It will only be for depth.
    It never hurts to have a 3rd or 4th wr
    that knows the system well.

  6. pfii63 says: Feb 24, 2010 2:07 PM

    Roster fodder!

  7. fatso says: Feb 24, 2010 2:08 PM

    cheatriots….
    tuck rule…..
    snow bowl…..

  8. buddha says: Feb 24, 2010 2:14 PM

    I think the Pats need to focus on DEFENSE in the draft. Not a WR and RB in the 1st 2 rounds.

  9. HarrisonHits says: Feb 24, 2010 2:18 PM

    Ugh horrible signing. The guy was toast when the Pats let him go before, now he has what, 3 or 4 more years under his belt ?
    He is training camp fodder, that’s all I can see coming of this.

  10. Ace613 says: Feb 24, 2010 2:19 PM

    Definately and odd move seeing that he didnt even play last season and the Pats were all ready thin at receiver. I doubt he makes the team out of training camp.

  11. Iron Wolf says: Feb 24, 2010 2:23 PM

    Could be Welker Insurance if Wes can’t play. Edelman starts but Patten backs him up. Belichick loves veterans, and Patten has the character quotient so if he has any tread left on his tires he’ll get an honest look-see.

  12. jcjets says: Feb 24, 2010 2:39 PM

    the downside could be that he will never get open and waste a roster spot?

  13. munchkin says: Feb 24, 2010 2:40 PM

    It’s good to have players who know the system on the field during OTA’s and Training Camp. He could help Tate and others. The guy has a great attitude and will set a good example with his hustle and work ethic.
    Surely a real long shot to make the final roster.

  14. JakeDSnake says: Feb 24, 2010 2:51 PM

    Said Patten about playing for the Patriots:
    “Now, New England is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap. The bilious bastards who wrote that stuff about individuality for the Saturday Evening Post don’t know anything more about real football than they do about fornicating.
    We have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit and the best men in the world. You know, by God I actually pity those poor bastards we’re going up against. By God, I do. We’re not just going to outshoot the bastards, we’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the cleats of our linemen. We’re going to pound those lousy Jets bastards by the bushel.
    We’re not holding anything. Let the Bills do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re gonna go through him like crap through a goose.”
    There’s one thing that you men will be able to say when you retire. And you may thank God for it. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what did you do in the NFL, you won’t have to say, “Well, I pick-six in Louisiana.”
    Alright now, you sons-of-bitches, you know how I feel. Oh, and I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into the season – anytime, anywhere.
    That’s all.”

  15. stadanko says: Feb 24, 2010 2:51 PM

    He had a solid year for the Saints in ’07. He was injured most of ’08 but he was a great mentor to our young guys like Meachem. Plus he can give Belichick some tips on how not to let Drew Brees throw 5 td’s on his defense.

  16. Reasonable says: Feb 24, 2010 2:56 PM

    Makes perfect since. The only WR elder they have is Moss. I don’t see Moss as much of a mentor. They need a mentor for the young WR’s. He may not make the team but I bet he has an impact. The game Patten had vs Indy in 2001 was absolutely legendary.

  17. DCPowerGator says: Feb 24, 2010 2:56 PM

    read this again, folks. he COULDN’T MAKE THE 2009 BROWNS team that had 2 rookies, muhammed massaquoi and brian robiskie, chansi stuckey and josh cribbs as its only WRs. if he couldn’t crack that depth chart, it should be very alarming to patriotheads if he ends up on their 53 man roster in 2010.

  18. Treima says: Feb 24, 2010 2:57 PM

    JakeDSnake has won the internets for today.
    Also, I think this could be a positive move. Like somebody else said…Welker insurance.

  19. PFTiswhatitis says: Feb 24, 2010 3:11 PM

    I loved D Patten way back but those days are waaay over. When I first heard of this deal I figured it was so that he could retire as a Patriot. I have to believe that is still the case. No way he can make this team.

  20. PFTiswhatitis says: Feb 24, 2010 3:12 PM

    Randy Vataha is holding on line 3, Zolak on line 4.

  21. MarylandRick says: Feb 24, 2010 3:17 PM

    This is not a good move at all, Stallworth would have been a much better value if the Patriots were looking for “Welker” insurance. The Patriots are already getting old, this just makes them older

  22. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Feb 24, 2010 3:20 PM

    It DOES make perfect sense.
    Sure he’s old and washed up but hey, he’s cheap and the Pats aren’t ready to spend money anymore.

  23. Ace613 says: Feb 24, 2010 3:39 PM

    The game Patten had vs Indy in 2001 was absolutely legendary.
    ————————————————
    It sure was!!!
    If i am not mistaken it was either in 2001 or 2002, against the Bills and it might have been going into overtime, but he caught a pass by the sideline, had his head knocked off, just about fumbled the ball but his head was out of bounds and his foot was inbounds with the ball underneath. Now THAT was a crazy play

  24. tj.52 says: Feb 24, 2010 3:54 PM

    I like David Patten as a high character locker room guy, but this is what I hope the team does:
    Pursue Mason. Trade Moss to Dallas for Austin and a pick. Pursue Steve Breaston.
    Now you have Mason, Austin, Breaston, Edelman, Tate, plenty of practice squad/camp fodder (already on the roster) and maybe Welker sometime after week 6, and you can keep Patten on the roster to keep everyone on the right track. That gives the team a solid, tough, quality group that is willing to work hard for a championship.
    Aw crap I just woke up. Its gonna be another year of “Let’s throw deep to Moss” until it counts and then “Moss keeps quiting, now what do we do?” thereafter. Super.

  25. PatPatriotRules says: Feb 24, 2010 3:58 PM

    I think this has a chance of turning out ok …..he does know the system & i think they did there homework on him to see if he was healthy enough to give it a go.

  26. TheWizard says: Feb 24, 2010 6:01 PM

    The Patriots are already getting old, this just makes them older
    Mayo, Merriweather, Edelman, Vollmer, Butler.

  27. jiggyflyMclovin says: Feb 24, 2010 6:31 PM

    Next they should trade for Javon Walker;Or bring back Tim Dwight!Seriously;As a Chargers fan,wonder if they’re looking at LT?

  28. DeeDubb says: Feb 24, 2010 8:06 PM

    David Patten?? Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel. We’re still waiting for him to make a hint of an impact in DC, you know when he was still relevent.

  29. prophet of the light says: Feb 25, 2010 12:53 AM

    Better than the guy after the patriots current #3 in Julian Edelman if Welker is hurt and can’t play…

  30. YawnFlorio says: Feb 26, 2010 2:15 AM

    TheWizard says:
    February 24, 2010 6:01 PM
    The Patriots are already getting old, this just makes them older
    Mayo, Merriweather, Edelman, Vollmer, Butler.
    _______________
    ALL overrated…and having to work without the benefit of videotape. Face it, Wizzboy…your team is done!

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