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Patriots close to adding depth at CB and on special teams with E.J. Biggers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Continuing to focus on adding veteran depth at lower free-agent prices, the New England Patriots are close to finalizing a one-year, $840,000 contract with eight-year veteran cornerback E.J. Biggers.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Biggers has played for Tampa Bay (2009 to 2012), Washington (2013-2014) and Philadelphia (2015), totaling 92 games with 34 starts. He entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick of Tampa Bay after playing at Western Michigan.

Biggers' deal with the Patriots, assuming there are no late snags, will include a $25,000 signing bonus and a base salary of $760,000. Once the deal is officially filed with the league, Biggers will have an opportunity to earn $30,000 in roster bonuses ($1,875 per game if he's on the 46-man game-day roster) and another $25,000 in the form of a reporting bonus on the first day of training camp. There is a split in the contract that will adjust Biggers' base salary to $428,000 should he land on injured reserve in the preseason.

In Philadelphia last season, Biggers was considered a capable special-teams player with some versatility defensively from a depth perspective. In his 2011 and 2012 seasons in Tampa Bay, Biggers played under head coach Greg Schiano, who has a strong connection with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe first reported the agreement between the Patriots and Biggers.