FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots announced the signing of free agent Jason Webster today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 8-year veteran adds depth a Patriots roster depleted by the free agency losses of Randall Gay and Asante Samuel.
"Jason is an experienced veteran who will add good depth to our secondary," said Bill Belichick in a statement.
Webster entered the league as the second round pick by the San Francisco 49ers (48th overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft. He started 44 of the 53 games he appeared in for San Francisco. Webster joined the Falcons as an unrestricted free agent in 2004. He started 29 of the 33 games he played for Atlanta before moving on to Buffalo last season. Unfortunately, Webster broke his arm in his first game as a Bill and was placed on injured reserve for the rest of the year.
The Patriots needed to sign a potential starter to offset the losses of Randall Gay (Saints) and Asante Samuel (Eagles) who departed as free agents. Webster will likely compete for the starting role opposite Ellis Hobbs.
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