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Ex-Jet Ellis signed

By Monique Walker
Globe Staff / August 8, 2011

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FOXBOROUGH - The Patriots signed former Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis yesterday, according to a league source, who indicated that Ellis, entering his 12th season, passed his physical.

ESPN reported the deal is for one year.

Ellis was among a group of defensive linemen, including Matt Roth and Raheem Brock, that visited Gillette Stadium for tryouts. The Patriots signed end Mark Anderson, formerly of the Bears and Texans, on Friday.

Ellis had spent his entire career with the Jets. In 2000, Bill Belichick left the Jets to coach the Patriots. As compensation, the Patriots sent New York a first-round pick. That pick was used to draft Ellis 12th overall.

Ellis turned down a contract offer from the Jets for one year at the veteran minimum of $910,000. His former teammates were disappointed to see him go, but not everyone with the Jets wishes him the best.

“The fact that he chose them and all that, there’s no way I’m going to wish him well,’’ coach Rex Ryan told the New York Times. “There’s no chance of that. I wish him to be healthy but I don’t want him to play that well.’’

But Ryan added, “I’ll warn some of their guys. Be careful, you don’t want to fight Shaun. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around. He is a tough guy and he’s going to be missed.’’

Ellis, who is 6 feet 5 inches and 290 pounds, gives Belichick options, especially if the Patriots lean more on the 4-3 this season. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice and last season he had 36 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks. The 34-year-old has 72 1/2 sacks in his career.

Ellis gave the Patriots a fair share of grief in past matchups. In the AFC Divisional playoff game last season, Ellis picked up two sacks and had five tackles in the Jets’ 28-21 win.

Goldson on radar The Patriots had former 49ers safety Dashon Goldson in for a workout yesterday, according to league sources.

Goldson, 26, had 80 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 sack last season. A fourth-round pick by the 49ers in 2007, he started every game the last two seasons.

The Patriots may be looking for depth at safety. James Sanders is hampered by an undisclosed injury and missed practices last week. Josh Barrett is also injured. Brandon McGowan missed last season because of a torn pectoral muscle.

Back to work The Patriots return to practice today with an afternoon session from 1:30-4 that is open to the public. The Patriots hold two open practices tomorrow.

Greg A. Bedard and Shalise Manza Young of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Monique Walker can be reached at mwalker@globe.com.

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