The Patriots today added a familiar face to the backfield, signing running back Patrick Pass, who spent seven seasons in New England from 2000-2006. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 31-year-old Pass has been out of football since 2007, when he suited up for one game with the Giants, and hasn't played in more than three games in a season since 2005.
While with the Patriots, Pass played in 78 regular season games and 10 playoff games, starting at fullback in Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles and appearing in each of the team's two other Super Bowl victories. Pass has 1,096 career yards from scrimmage (526 yards rushing, 570 yards passing) and has scored four touchdowns.
The Patriots today also released defensive lineman Kenny Smith, linebacker Angelo Craig, running back Omar Cuff, and safety Marcus McClinton.