The New England Patriots claimed safety Josh Barrett off of the waiver wire today, the Globe has confirmed.
The move was first reported by the Denver Post as Barrett was waived by the Denver Broncos in the midst of his third season with the team. According to the Denver Post, Barrett has shoulder surgery scheduled to repair his injured left shoulder early next week and was going to be placed on injured reserve. But he had to clear waivers before moving to IR.
Instead, the Patriots claimed Barrett but there is no room for him on their roster, as the team is maxed out at 80 players. Before Barrett could be added, the Patriots would have to make a roster move. (UPDATE: The Patriots released running back Thomas Clayton, who was signed by the Patriots in June.)
Barrett is a 25-year old out of Arizona State. He has a connection to New England, in that Barrett was coached by Patriots specials teams coach Scott O'Brien while O'Brien was in Denver (2007-2008). And while in Denver, Barrett worked mostly with special teams.