Patriots back away from DT Drew

Rookie defensive lineman John Drew had a contract in hand from the Patriots this morning after agreeing to terms, but the team decided to go in a different direction for unknown reasons.

Thus, though the sides agreed to terms, the contract was never finalized.

Drew, who had passed a conditioning test with the club, will now pursue workouts with other clubs.

This type of a situation is a reminder that while sides can agree to terms, nothing is official until the contract is finalized and sent into the league office. One possibility is that the Patriots had second thoughts based on Drew being kicked off the football team at Duke after being arrested for firing a gun on campus.

Instead of Drew, the Patriots signed Rashad Anthony White, a nose tackle from Michigan State.