Receiver Patten rejoins Browns

CLEVELAND -- Wide receiver David Patten has rejoined the Cleveland Browns, signing a free-agent deal with his former team.

Patten, who played for the Browns in 2000, spent the past two seasons with New Orleans.

The signing Monday of the 34-year-old Patten gives the Browns a veteran presence, and he could be insurance pending toxicology reports on wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who struck and killed a pedestrian with his Bentley in Miami Beach on March 14.

Patten has also played for the New York Giants, New England, and Washington. He won two Super Bowl titles with the Patriots. He has 324 catches for 4,715 yards and four touchdowns in 147 regular-season games in 12 NFL seasons.