The New England Patriots have officially signed veteran running back Joseph Addai. The terms of the deal have yet to be released.
Addai has played 6 NFL seasons with Indianapolis after joining the Colts as a first round draft pick (30th overall) out of LSU in 2006. He was released by Indianapolis on March 9, 2012.
The 5-11, 214-pounder, has played in 78 NFL games with 60 starts and has gained 4,453 yards on 1,095 carries and has 39 rushing touchdowns. He has also added 191 receptions for 1,448 yards and nine touchdowns. Addai has played in 10 postseason games and gained 621 yards on 158 attempts with four touchdowns.
Addai eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in his first two seasons, gaining 1,081 yards as a rookie in 2006 and 1,072 yards during a Pro Bowl season in 2007. Last season, Addai played in 12 games with 11 starts and gained 433 yards on 188 carries with one touchdown and caught 15 passes for 93 yards.
The Patriots are hoping Addai will add a bit of a spark to an offense carried mostly by the arm of quarterback Tom Brady.