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Patriots sign DT Terdell Sands, release LB Prescott Burgess

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  September 28, 2009 06:04 PM

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The Patriots just announced via their Twitter feed that they have signed defensive tackle Terdell Sands and released linebacker Prescott Burgess, who was picked up in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens last Tuesday.

The 6-foot, 7-inch, 335-pound Sands was released by the Raiders coming out of training camp earlier this month, allowing Oakland to save $1.6 million.

The 29-year-old Sands had worked out for the Patriots last week. Sands had 29 tackles and two sacks last season for the Raiders, who signed him to a four-year, $17 million in 2007.

He first joined the NFL in 2001 as a seventh-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, but missed the '01 season with a foot injury. He spent the 2002 season on the practice squads of both KC and Green Bay. He joined the Raiders in 2003.

By releasing Burgess, the Patriots save themselves a seventh-round pick -- at least for now -- since the draft pick was conditional upon Burgess being active for a certain number of games for the Patriots.

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