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Patriots sign up Joseph Addai

JOSEPH ADDAI: Six seasons with Colts

The Patriots have agreed to a contract with former Colts running back Joseph Addai, according to a league source.

Terms were not disclosed.

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Addai, 29, was one of three veteran running backs - also Ryan Grant and Tim Hightower - to visit the team recently. The Patriots need a veteran back to aid second-year players Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen after BenJarvus Green-Ellis signed with the Bengals.

The Patriots also signed undrafted Mississippi running back Brandon Bolden.

Addai (5 feet 11 inches, 214 pounds) was the 30th overall pick in the 2006 draft out of LSU. He gained more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Colts before his effectiveness trailed off. Leg injuries limited him to 20 games over the past two seasons.

Addai averaged 3.7 yards per carry last season and he was released by the Colts. A very good receiver, Addai has 191 career catches.

Manning in Indy

Peyton Manning still feels at home in Indianapolis even though he’s part of a new team.

On Saturday, Manning returned to the city he called home for 14 years, helping to raise money for the local children’s hospital that bears his name.

It’s not the first time Manning, now quarterback of the Broncos, has been back in town since being released March 7 by the team he took from playoff afterthought to perennial contender. But this weekend marks the first time he’s been back at the same time the Colts have had offseason workouts.

Manning said he feels fine and expects to start Denver’s season opener.

Jets high on Coples

Rex Ryan already had seen enough of Quinton Coples. And he liked everything about the first-round draft pick. So much so, the Jets coach held Coples out of 11-on-11 drills because the team wanted to evaluate other defensive linemen.

“Just keeping him out, we know what he can do,’’ Ryan said after the Jets’ second rookie minicamp practice. “I wanted to see some of the other guys compete, give them an opportunity to get in there and compete a little bit.’’

Ryan raved that the former North Carolina star had “about six’’ sacks in his first practice Friday. Coples participated in all other drills Saturday.

Martin resigns

George Martin resigned from the NFL Alumni Association and the NFL Alumni Foundation. He was executive director of the association and CEO of the foundation for nearly three years. The boards of directors appointed Joe Pisarcik - Martin’s former teammate with the Giants - as interim chief staff officer of each organization . . . The Redskins signed fifth-round draft pick Adam Gettis of Iowa. The guard was drafted 141st overall . . . Dick Beam, a former executive with the Rams and Buccaneers, died from cancer. He was 75.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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