The Patriots have officially announced the signing of free agent cornerback Fernando Bryant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Bryant, who was released by the Lions late last month, signed a one-year deal.
“Adding a cornerback with Fernando's experience and production is a good opportunity for us,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the team's press release on the signing.
Here is some more from the press release on Bryant:
Bryant, 30, is a veteran of nine NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1999-2003) and the Detroit Lions (2004-07). The 5-foot-10-inch, 184-pound cornerback has played in 110 career games with 109 starts and has totaled 509 tackles (435 solo), seven interceptions, 88 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. Last season with Detroit, Bryant started every game at left cornerback and made 76 tackles, his highest single-season total since his rookie season (1999). He also tied his career high with a pair of interceptions for the Lions in 2007 and tied another career best with 14 passes defensed.