Joseph Addai Signs with New England Patriots According to Reports

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystMay 5, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 11:  Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on from the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots added another veteran face on offense on Saturday, as the team reportedly agreed to terms on a free-agent contract that will bring former Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai to New England.

The Boston Herald reports that former Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning actually broke the story, relaying to Mike Chappel of the Indianapolis Star that the six-year veteran, who rushed for 433 yards and a touchdown a year ago, had agreed to terms with the Patriots.

Peyton Manning is now breaking news on the Patriots from Denver. He let it out to reporters today - via Mike Chappell of the Indy Star - that former Colts teammate Joseph Addai was joining the Patriots.

The running back had been Foxboro in a few weeks ago for a workout. It makes sense for the Pats to want a veteran presence in their backfield. Several others were brought in, Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant ,among them. But the 29-year-old Addai, an LSU product and former first round pick, has apparently won out.

Addai was one of many Indianapolis players shown the door during the team's offseason housecleaning after suffering through the wost statistical season of his career. Addai missed four games a year ago and eight the season before, and he hasn't topped 1,000 rushing yards since 2007, Addai's second year in the NFL.

However, Addai will add some veteran stability to a very young Patriots backfield dealing with the departure of BenJarvus Green-Ellis in free agency, and the former Tigers standout possesses the receiving skills and pass-blocking abilities to make him a more-than-adequate third down back for the Pats behind starter Stevan Ridley.

All in all, this was a low-risk move by New England that would seem to be a win for both sides, as the Patriots get some needed backfield depth for minimal cost while the player gets to continue his NFL career on a team that may well win more games in September than the Indianapolis Colts win all season.