Cornerback Nate Jones now occupies the locker which cornerback Phillip Adams vacated Tuesday.
Sometimes when players are cut their nameplates remain, an indicator that they may be resigned or signed on the practice squad. Adams's empty locker meant the New England Patriots had someone new in mind.
A seven-year veteran, Jones brings experience to the Patriots injury-plagued secondary. In 101 games, 10 starts, Jones has 163 total tackles, including 6 sacks and 59 special teams tackles. He also has three career interceptions. Last season, Jones saw time at safety in addition to cornerback, something that might have made him attractive to the Patriots.
Jones was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2004. When head coach Bill Parcells went to the Miami Dolphins in 2008, he brought Jones, then a free agent, with him. Jones played for the Denver Broncos last year before returning to Miami for two games this year.
The Patriots had released and signed Adams a few times this year, but his most recent stint lasted over a month and he played as a sub in the last five games. Cutting Adams may have been just about as much about getting Jones as it was an indicator of Adams's performance.
"We felt like that we just need to make a roster move and we had to create a spot there," head coach Bill Belichick said of cutting Adams before the news of Jones's signing was released.
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