Patriots sign DT Terdell Sands, release LB Prescott Burgess

The Patriots just announced via their Twitter feed that they have signed defensive tackle Terdell Sands and released linebacker Prescott Burgess, who was picked up in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens last Tuesday.

The 6-foot, 7-inch, 335-pound Sands was released by the Raiders coming out of training camp earlier this month, allowing Oakland to save $1.6 million.

The 29-year-old Sands had worked out for the Patriots last week. Sands had 29 tackles and two sacks last season for the Raiders, who signed him to a four-year, $17 million in 2007.

He first joined the NFL in 2001 as a seventh-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, but missed the ’01 season with a foot injury. He spent the 2002 season on the practice squads of both KC and Green Bay. He joined the Raiders in 2003.

Advertisement

By releasing Burgess, the Patriots save themselves a seventh-round pick — at least for now — since the draft pick was conditional upon Burgess being active for a certain number of games for the Patriots.

Loading Comments...

Close
Ski season updates, free from The Boston Globe.
Get the Globe's free newsletter, It's All Downhill, for the latest from the slopes.
Thanks for signing up!