Holt gives Pats another veteran WR

Updated: April 20, 2010, 5:43 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The Patriots signed veteran wide receiver Torry Holt on Tuesday, the team annouced.

The deal is for one year and could be worth as much as $1.7 million, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton.

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The 33-year-old Holt played for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, totaling 51 receptions for 722 yards and zero touchdowns. Holt, who spent the first 10 years of his career with the St. Louis Rams, is entering his 12th NFL season.

Holt has averaged 77.4 yards per game in his 11-year career, third-best in NFL history. He is 10th in the league with 13,382 yards receiving and 11th with 920 receptions.

Holt adds a veteran presence at receiver, where the Patriots have Randy Moss atop the depth chart, with second-year players Julian Edelman and Brandon Tate projected to have expanded roles as Wes Welker recovers from torn ligaments in his left knee.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady likes being around veteran receivers at this point of his career, and Holt joins David Patten as more experienced options at the position.

Holt is now on the other side of an interesting matchup. He had five receptions for 49 yards and no TDs in the Patriots' stunning 20-17 Super Bowl upset of the Rams in 2001.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Information from ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton and The Associated Press was used in this report.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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