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Pats address secondary by agreeing with CB Tarell Brown

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After hosting free-agent cornerback Tarell Brown on visits in March and June, the New England Patriots have now reached agreement with him on a contract, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Marie Russini.

The 30-year-old Brown has played for San Francisco (2007-2013) and Oakland (2014), with 114 career games played. He's started 56 games over the last four seasons, and will vie for that role in New England, where the Patriots are transitioning without their top two cornerbacks from last season, Darrelle Revis (Jets) and Brandon Browner (Saints).

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Brown, who had signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with Oakland last offseason as a free agent, is coming off a foot injury that landed him on injured reserve last December. He has 11 career interceptions and 59 passes defended.

The Patriots had two open spots on their 90-man roster, and Brown -- who first entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice of the 49ers -- fills one of them.