Manning: Addai to sign with Patriots


Manning: Addai to sign with Patriots

Peyton Manning has breaking news related to the Patriots, and no, he's not going to be backing up Tom Brady.

According to No. 18, his good friend and former Colt, Joseph Addai is signing with the New England Patriots.

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 now it looks like Addai is their man.

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

Addai scored the winning touchdown against the Patriots in the 2007 AFC Championship.

In six seasons with the Colts, Addai rushed for 4,453 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also has nine receiving touchdowns. He's never had more than two fumbles in a season - a nice statistic as he will fill a roster spot left by a man (Green-Ellis) who has never fumbled in his entire career.

Addai will join Anthony Gonzalez as the second Colt to sign with the Patriots this offseason.