FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots announced the signing of receiver Jabar Gaffney today and the release of defensive lineman Johnathan Sullivan and cornerback Hank Poteat.
Gaffney was one of four receivers to work out for the Patriots last Friday, along with Charles Rogers, Kevin Johnson and Lashaun Ward. He entered the league in 2002 as a second-round draft choice of the Houston Texans and spent the first four years of his career with them. Gaffney was signed by the Eagles prior to the 2006 season, but was cut before the season began.
Meanwhile, Sullivan was acquired by the Patriots in a trade with the New Orleans Saints this offseason. The team traded receiver Bethel Johnson to acquire Sullivan, who never appeared in a regular-season game with the Patriots.
Poteat had been re-signed by the Patriots in the week leading up to the team's Oct. 1 game against the Bengals.
The Patriots now have 52 players on their roster, with one open spot. With Gaffney's addition, the team's receiver group gets a jolt, as Gaffney joins Troy Brown, Reche Caldwell, Doug Gabriel and Chad Jackson.