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.