The Patriots love veteran defensive lineman and Bill Belichick loves to sign guys that played well against the Patriots.
That’s why the signing of Shaun Ellis on Sunday makes so much sense. It probably doesn’t hurt that the move to pick up Ellis will hurt the rival Jets in the process.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Ellis reached a one-year agreement with the Patriots. Offered the veteran’s minimum by the Jets, New England presumably forked up a little more cash to bring the 34-year-old into the mix.
Ellis is long in the tooth, but he’s had at least 4.5 sacks in every season since 2005. He had two big sacks against the Patriots in the playoffs last year, and then another strong game in the AFC Championship.
New York drafted Ellis all the way back in 2000 with the No. 12 overall pick. How did they get that pick?
Why, they were awarded the pick in exchange for letting Bill Belichick leave New York to coach the Patriots.