Drew Bledsoe set passing records and reached the Super Bowl as a young quarterback playing for Bill Parcells in New England. Nearly a decade later, the duo will try doing it again with the Dallas Cowboys.
Bledsoe signed a three-year contract yesterday, one day after he was released by the Buffalo Bills. Financial terms were not immediately available.
Bledsoe knew last week that he was going to be cut and within days decided he wanted to be reunited with Parcells. Once the Bills filed the paperwork, the Cowboys quickly showed they also were eager to strike a deal.
Parcells called Bledsoe -- and told him he'd be the starter -- while team vice president Stephen Jones called the quarterback's agent, David Dunn. Owner Jerry Jones then spoke with Bledsoe and Dunn, and the pair flew to Dallas yesterday and held an afternoon news conference.
"I was very hopeful that this would be the opportunity for me," said Bledsoe. "I'm very excited to be a Dallas Cowboy. I can't wait to go home and dress my kids with the little stars and get rid of all the old gear from the other team."
Bledsoe was smiling as his jab at the Bills drew laughs, but he also was disappointed about how things turned out in Buffalo. He mentioned needing time to get over his anger toward the team for handing his job to youngster J.P. Losman.
Patriots cut four
The Patriots released four players yesterday, including defensive back Earthwind Moreland, and hired two assistant coaches.
Moreland played in nine games and started two at cornerback last season, filling in for injured starters Tyrone Poole and Ty Law. He had 17 tackles and a fumble recovery.
The Patriots also released defensive lineman Buck Rasmussen, guard Wilbert Brown, and tight end Zeron Flemister, none of whom played in a regular-season game last season.
The Super Bowl champions also appointed Joel Collier as assistant secondary coach and Harold Nash as assistant strength and conditioning coach.
The Miami Dolphins released quarterback Jay Fiedler, ending his five-year run as the much-maligned successor to Dan Marino. Last season, Fiedler started just seven games for the Dolphins (4-12), going 1-6 while throwing for 1,186 yards, 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Fiedler was due a $2 million roster bonus in March. The Dolphins also released safeties Arturo Freeman and Shawn Wooden, and defensive end Jay Williams . . . Tim Ruskell, assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, was hired as the Seattle Seahawks' president of football operations, completing a major housecleaning of the team's front office. Ruskell's hiring comes almost six weeks after team owner Paul Allen fired former president Bob Whitsitt . . . The Eagles tendered restricted free agent Brian Westbrook, giving Philadelphia the right to match any offer he receives or a first-round pick from any team that signs the Pro Bowl running back.