Veteran cornerback Shawn Springs is the latest established veteran to join the New England Patriots, signing a three-year contract that could be worth up to $13 million with incentives. Springs reached the deal over the weekend and now will be reunited, sort of, with longtime nemesis Terrell Owens, who signed a one-year contract with AFC East foe Buffalo on Saturday.
Springs and Owens have played in the same division for years, when Springs, a 13-year NFL veteran, was with Seattle and Owens was with San Francisco – both of the NFC West — and then when Springs played with Washington and Owens spent time with Philadelphia and Dallas, all in the NFC East. Springs said last season how much he likes playing against Owens because he tends to match up with the mercurial wide receiver better than he does against smaller wideouts.
Springs was cut by Washington shortly after it re-signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Springs played for the Redskins for five seasons.
Besides Springs, the Patriots signed veteran running back Fred Taylor to add depth to the running game. New England has been one of the league’s more active teams this offseason in terms of significant moves. The Patriots traded quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to Kansas City for a second-round draft pick (34th overall). New England also lost longtime personnel man Scott Pioli, who took over as general manager for the Chiefs.