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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Patriots Make Their First Postseason Move

The Patriots began the process of beginning the offseason by signing a low profile, journeyman, middle linebacker, T.J. Slaughter Tuesday to a one year deal. Slaughter has played most of his NFL career in 3-4 defensives and tried out for the Patriots last December. profiled Slaughters pro career as below:
"Slaughter, 30, last played in 2006 for San Francisco, logging 12 special-teams tackles in 10 games for the 49ers. The Southern Miss product, a third-round selection by Jacksonville in 2000, missed all of last season with a torn tendon in his left ring finger. Productive for the first three seasons of his career, with 10, 92, and 106 tackles in 2000, 2001, and 2002, respectively, Slaughter was released midway through the 2003 season, and caught on with the Ravens. He spent 2004 in Baltimore, where the 5-foot-11, 233-pounder saw limited action. Slaughter also played for the Saints in 2005 before landing in San Francisco in 2006."

Career Stats

It is possible that the Patriots are going to attempt to fit Slaughter into the linebacker unit, but I really don't see this as much of an impact signing. He is not idea size for a Pats linebacker, 5-11, 233 pounds, and really hasn't done much in his seven seasons in the league (counldn't make a NFL team in fact in 2007). At best, he's a special teamer, at the worst, he gets cut and the Patriots lose nothing.