The Patriots have agreed to terms with former Colts free-agent RB Joseph Addai, the Boston Globe reported Saturday, citing a league source. No terms were disclosed.
With BenJarvus Green-Ellis having joined the Bengals in free agency, the Patriots had been looking for a veteran back to join second-year players Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.
A six-year veteran who had played his entire NFL career in Indianapolis, Addai has played in only 20 games over the past two seasons because of injuries. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in the league, but his production has steadily slipped in recent years.
The Patriots signed undrafted RB Brandon Bolden of Mississippi State after the draft. Termed “an effective inside runner” by PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki, Bolden was the 27th-ranked running back on PFW’s draft board.
The way we see it
Addai will add a veteran presence to the Patriots’ inexperienced backfield, and his pass-catching ability should make him a good third-down option, if he’s healthy. Kevin Faulk, who served as the Patriots’ third-down back for years, has said he’d like to return for a 14th season, but he was used sparingly last season, so his return seems unlikely.