Patriots tap Jets pipeline with Dearth

The Patriots have agreed to terms with free-agent long snapper James Dearth, who becomes the latest former New York Jet to join the team.

Dearth is expected to arrive in town in time to snap in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants. The Patriots cut long snapper Matt Katula today.

The 35-year-old Dearth snapped for the Jets from 2001-2009, and had worked out for the Patriots earlier in training camp. Dearth, who originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice of the Browns in 1999, was signed by the Chargers last September but landed on season-ending injured reserve a few days later after hurting his foot.

Other former Jets signed this preseason include safety James Ihedigbo and defensive lineman Shaun Ellis.