BROWNS SIGN DAVID PATTEN
The Cleveland Browns announced that they signed free agent wide receiver David Patten today. A veteran of 12 NFL seasons, this is Patten's second stint with the Browns, having played with the club in 2000, when he started 11 of the 14 games in which he appeared and caught 38 passes for 546 yards and a touchdown.
Patten, 34, spent the last two seasons with the Saints, and in 2007 he totaled 54 receptions for 792 yards and three touchdowns. He first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Giants in 1997, one year after playing with the Albany Firebirds of the Arena League (1996). He has played with the Giants (1997-99), Browns (2000), New England (2001-04), Washington (2005-06) and New Orleans (2007-08) in his NFL career. During that time he has played in 147 regular season games, including 73 starts, and has recorded 324 receptions for 4,715 yards and four touchdowns. He recorded career-high figures in receptions (61) and receiving yards (824) as a member of the Patriots in 2002, when he also scored five touchdowns. In 2004, he caught 44 passes for 800 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns with New England. In his four seasons with the Patriots, Patten was part of three Super Bowl title teams. In addition, Patten has rushed for a touchdown, scored a touchdown on a kickoff return and thrown for a score in his NFL career.
The 5-10, 190-pound Patten was a four-year letterman at Western Carolina (1992-95), where he was an All-Southern Conference selection as a senior when he caught 59 passes for 881 yards. Born August 19, 1974, he attended Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, S.C.
According to an article by Tony Grossi in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns are going to add WR David Patten to help bulk up their receiver corps.
Patten, who is 35 years old, previously played with the 2000 Cleveland Browns and was not kept on the 2001 roster by then-new head coach Butch Davis.
Reporting from the NFL Owners Meeting, Grossi also stated that Kokinis confirmed reports from New York about potential trade discussions between the Giants and Browns.
This year's NFL Owners's Meeting was relocated to inexpensive and centrally-located Dana Point, California as part of the financially struggling NFL's effort to keep costs manageable. Scout.com's Adam Caplan is attending the owner's meetings as well and is maintaining a blog of what he learns there.