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Patriots add E.J. Biggers for depth in secondary

E.J. Biggers played 16 games for the Eagles in 2015.
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E.J. Biggers played 16 games for the Eagles in 2015.

The Patriots added another name to the secondary competition for training camp, signing seven-year veteran cornerback E.J. Biggers to a 1-year deal on Tuesday, league sources told the Globe.

Biggers, who is 6 feet and 185 pounds, has played cornerback and safety in his career, with 34 starts and four interceptions for Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, and Washington. He likely will compete for a backup cornerback spot behind Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan. Biggers’ competition will be returning players Justin Coleman, Darryl Roberts, Rashaan Melvin, Brock Vereen, and a handful of rookies.

Biggers, 28, will have to earn his roster spot. His one-year deal contains a veteran minimum $760,000 base salary (split to $428,000 if he is injured) and only $25,000 guaranteed – his signing bonus. Biggers also receives a $25,000 bonus for reporting to training camp, and $1,825 for every regular season game he is active. His salary cap number will be $680,000, qualifying for the minimum salary benefit for veterans.

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Biggers’ best season came in 2012, when he had an interception, two forced fumbles, and seven passes defended while starting 12 games for the Buccaneers and coach Greg Schiano. Biggers has been mostly been a backup the last three years with Washington and Philadelphia, starting 10 of 48 games with one interception.

Ben Volin can be reached at ben.volin@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@BenVolin.