The Patriots and Burgess reached agreement on a one-year contract, a league source said Friday morning. The agreement enables New England to continue to stockpile defensive linemen.
New England and Burgess have had dialogue since before the free-agent signing period started the first week of March.
Now, the two sides have figured out a way to bring Burgess back to New England, which acquired him last summer in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.
Burgess led the NFL with a career-high 16 sacks in 2005, when he made his first of two consecutive Pro Bowls with the Raiders. He had 11 sacks in 2006.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.