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Patriots sign defensive back

The Patriots have signed free agent defensive back Antuan Edwards. Terms were not disclosed, but it likely is a one-year deal. Edwards made $560,000 in base pay last year.

Edwards, 28, is scheduled to join the team for its mandatory minicamp this weekend.

Edwards finished the 2004 season with the St. Louis Rams after beginning the year with Miami. The Dolphins released the seven-year veteran at midseason after he lost his starting spot at free safety in part because of a groin injury.

He still managed post career highs in tackles (65) and passes defensed (10).

Edwards has started 31 of the 68 NFL games he has participated in, putting in time at cornerback and both safety positions. He will bring depth to the Patriots at safety.

New England has veteran Rodney Harrison and third-year man Eugene Wilson as starters, with second-year players Dexter Reid and Guss Scott, and rookie James Sanders as reserves.

Green Bay took Edwards with the 25th pick of the 1999 draft, and he played there for five seasons.

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