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Patriots sign cornerback Tarell Brown

Cornerback Tarell Brown recovered a fumble in San Francisco’s Super Bowl loss to Baltimore.
Cornerback Tarell Brown recovered a fumble in San Francisco’s Super Bowl loss to Baltimore. Gerald Herbert/Associated Press/File 2013

The Patriots added more depth to a revamped secondary on Thursday, signing eight-year veteran cornerback Tarell Brown to a one-year deal, a league source confirmed to the Globe. Terms are not yet known.

Brown has 61 starts and 11 interceptions in his career, spending seven seasons with the 49ers and last year with the Raiders. He has started 56 games the last four years — not including a start for the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII against the Ravens — and started 14 games for the Raiders last year before he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a foot ailment.

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The 2011 season was Brown’s best, as he compiled four interceptions and broke up 16 passes while starting 16 games.

He started two playoff games and collected another interception.

Brown again started 16 games in the 2012 season, and three more in the postseason as the 49ers reached the Super Bowl. In those 19 games, Brown had three interceptions and 16 passes defensed.

Brown, 30, is yet another new face in the New England secondary, which has seen cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington, and Alfonzo Dennard depart since the Patriots won the Super Bowl in February.

Third-year veteran Logan Ryan and second-year pro Malcolm Butler are expected to take on bigger roles this season, while the Patriots also signed veterans Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain in free agency. Brown will likely be competing for the fifth or sixth cornerback spot on the roster, along with veteran Derek Cox (also signed to a one-year deal) and youngsters Justin Green, Dax Swanson, Darryl Roberts, Jimmy Jean, and Brandon King.

The Patriots also announced they have re-signed rookie wide receiver Zach D’Orazio, a free agent out of Akron who was originally signed May 26, then released June 11.

The signings of Brown and D’Orazio puts the Patriots at 90 players, the maximum allowed on the roster during training camp. Patriots rookies reported to training camp Thursday, while veterans report July 29. The first practice of training camp is July 30.

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