Patriots Sign LaMont Jordan

FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots have signed free agent running back LaMont Jordan today. Terms of the deal were not announced. The team released wide receiver Robert Ortiz to make room on the roster.

The Patriots' addition of LaMont Jordan comes on the heels of previous reports by that the team was still interested in adding another running back. Jordan became available on Friday when the Oakland Raiders opted to released the seven-year veteran rather than have him report to camp.

The 5-foot-10, 230-pound Jordan spent the past three seasons in Oakland. Last season he recorded 549 rushing yards on 144 carries with 3 touchdowns in 12 games. He also caught 28 passes for 247 yards.

Jordan entered the league when the New York Jets selected him in the second round (49th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. After spending four years (2001-04) in New York alongside Curtis Martin, Jordan secured a lucrative free agent deal from the Raiders.

With Jordan on the roster the Patriots now have 7 running backs; Jordan, Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Kyle Eckel and Heath Evans.

The Patriots also released wide receiver Robert Ortiz to make room for Jordan on the roster. Ortiz, a San Diego State product, was signed by New England on May 15,2008. He was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent May 4, 2006.

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