Addai becomes latest add to veteran stew

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Addai becomes latest add to veteran stew

It's not a marriage of necessity, but it's one of convenience.

Joseph Addai, who's all of 29-years-old, has agreed to terms with the Patriots a source confirms.

The news was first reported by PMNN (the Peyton Manning News Network).

The Patriots had worked out Addai a few weeks ago at Gillette but nothing came of it leading up to the draft. New England focused much of the draft on the defensive side of the ball, but with BenJarvus Green-Ellis signing in Cincy, the Pats needed a veteran running back presence to complement Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

The Patriots also brought in Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant, but Addai turned out to be their man.

Addai is now in the mix with Ridley and Vereen at the lead back spot. Danny Woodhead is now entrenched as the third-down back.

A former first round pick, the 29-year-old Addai was released by the Colts last month as part of their rebuilding approach.

In six seasons with Indy, Addai rushed for 4,453 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also had nine TD receptions. Patriots fans will remember (or have chosen to forget) that it was Addai who scored the winning touchdown in the 2007 AFC Championship.

Like Robert Gallery, Donte Stallworth, Anthony Gonzalez, Jabar Gaffney, Andre Carter (deep breath), Mark Anderson, Torry Holt, David Patten, Fred Taylor and so many other veterans who've joined New England in the last few seasons (with mixed results), Addai's hoping to show what he can still do and the Patriots will try to create a role.

Will it work out?

Never hurts to try. And, if it does, both sides will get something out of it. Isn't that convenient.

Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

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Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.

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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath

13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell

27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy

32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship

36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences

44:50 Matt Light interview

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick knows that how you play, not where, is what matters most. 

That's why when he was asked on Wednesday about the advantage the Patriots will have by playing at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game, he wasn't willing to go all-in on how a comfortable environment will positively impact his team.

"I don’t know," he said. "Go ask Dallas and Kansas City."

The Patriots apparently thought enough of home-field advantage that they played their starters throughout their regular-season finale win in Miami, exposing their best players to potential injury in order to maintain their positive momentum while simultaneously ensuring a better road to the Super Bowl. 

The Patriots fans in attendance on Sunday will help when the Patriots take on the Steelers, Belichick acknowledged. But there's much more to it than that. 

"Yeah, of course," he said, "but the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games – the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night."

And if you needed any further proof, just ask the Cowboys and Chiefs how helpful their home crowds were in the Divisional Round.