Patriots add WR Anthony Gonzalez

March, 17, 2012
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This week the New England Patriots have been pretty quiet with signing outside free agents. But the reigning AFC champions announced Saturday they agreed to terms with former Indianapolis Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez.

The former Colt has had an injury-plagued career. Gonzalez has played a total of eight games since 2009 and has just five receptions in that span.

This signing could turn out to be a non-factor for the Patriots. Gonzalez, 27, will first have to prove he's healthy and still productive enough to make New England's roster in training camp.

When healthy, Gonzalez was a Wes Welker-type who could find openings in the defense from the slot. But Gonzalez hasn't been that type of player in almost four years.

There's no reason for Patriots fans to get too excited over this signing. The team remains in pursuit of bigger names — like veteran receiver Brandon Lloyd and hard-hitting safety LaRon Landry — who are more certain to make an immediate impact.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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