The Patriots have reached an agreement in principle on a one-year contract with free-agent cornerback Tory James.
The agreement was initially reported by ESPN's John Clayton and the NFL Network's Adam Schefter.
Those reports have since been confirmed by a league source.
James, who turns 34 next month, has played for Denver (1996-99), Oakland (2000-2002) and Cincinnati (2003-2006). In his 11 seasons in the NFL, he has played all 16 games in a season in all but two years. He has 39 career interceptions, with 21 coming in the last four years.
At 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, James adds size and depth to the Patriots' cornerback corps.
The Patriots' cornerback breakdown looks like this:
Players under contract
Players who have agreed to terms on a contract
Players who have yet to sign their tender offers
Exclusive rights free agents who have yet to officially sign
(list doesn't include safety Eugene Wilson, who is also an option at the position)