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Pats add veteran Warfield to depleted secondary

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A month after being cut by
the Kansas City Chiefs, cornerback Eric Warfield has hooked up
with the New England Patriots.

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Shopping for a veteran after releasing Tyrone Poole and Duane
Starks, the Patriots signed Warfield on Monday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Warfield, 30, spent the first eight years of his career with the
Kansas City Chiefs before being released in March. Last
season, he started 10 of 11 games at right cornerback and
recorded 63 tackles, returned an interception 57 yards for a
touchdown and defensed seven passes.

The Patriots started Starks, Poole and Randall Gay at right
cornerback and each ended up on injured reserve, forcing them to
use rookie Ellis Hobbs at the position late in the season.
Hobbs and Warfield will likely compete for the starting spot in
2006.