Patriots bring back old pal Patten

The New England Patriots are bringing back an old friend in hopes he can rekindle some magic.

PattenPattenDavid Patten is on the Patriots' roster again.

This clearly is a kick-the-tires signing. The Patriots have needs at receiver. Maybe Patten has something left to contribute even though he'll turn 36 in August and has caught zero, 11, 54 and one passes over the past four years.

Patten played in the four seasons with New England that encompass their three championships. Patten scored the Patriots' lone offensive touchdown -- an 8-yard pass from Tom Brady -- to help them win Super Bowl XXXVI.

His career spiraled from there. He was with the Washington Redskins for two seasons, then the New Orleans Saints for two seasons. The Cleveland Browns cut him late in training camp last summer, and he didn't hook on with another club.

If Patten was any kind of answer for the Patriots' third-receiver needs, they would've brought him in at some point last year.