Pats Sign Linebacker Chad Brown; Release Three

In a move that was talked about last week, the Pats have signed veteran free agent Brownlinebacker Chad Brown to a contract. In doing that, the team also announced they have released three players. Brown, who is now 36, comes back to New England after playing with the Pats in their Super Bowl season of 2005. Last year he was with Pittsburgh, the team he was originally drafted by in 1993 out of Colorado.

With the Steelers last year, Brown had seven tackles and one sack in playing in eight games. The year before with New England, Brown had 57 tackles in 15 games. Three of the tackles came on special teams. He has 79 career sacks in 14 NFL seasons playing with the Steelers, Seahawks and Pats. The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker was a four-year starter for the Steelers before he headed to the Seahawks, where he played eight seasons.

Released from the Pats on Thursday included cornerback Antwain Spann, wide out Jonathan Smith, and tight end Jake Nordin. Spann played in eight games with the Pats last season and three in the postseason, Smith played in two games after being claimed off waivers from the Bills, and Nordin was signed in May as an undrafted free agent.

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