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Safety Fuller officially in fold

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots announced the signing of veteran safety Vincent Fuller today.

The addition of Fuller, reported Tuesday night by the Boston Globe, adds another option at a safety spot that has had a lot of moving parts in recent weeks with starter Patrick Chung missing six straight games. Receiver Matthew Slater started at safety against the Broncos last Sunday, but after taking some poor angles and struggling with his tackling, he was replaced on the second series by Sergio Brown.

Brown, a second-year player, had previously slid down the depth chart after a few costly pass interference penalties earlier in the season.

The 29-year-old Fuller has ties to Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese, who was Titans general manager when Fuller was selected in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Fuller was with the Titans from 2005-2010, and spent one game with the Lions this season before landing on injured reserve (elbow). When the Lions released him from the injured reserve list Dec. 6, it opened the opportunity for Fuller (6-1, 192) to sign with another team.

Fuller has played in 76 NFL games, with 5 starts, and has totaled 163 tackles and six interceptions (4 returned for touchdowns). Prior to signing with the Lions, Fuller worked out for the Patriots in early September.