Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Patriots sign 2-time Pro Bowler Shaun Ellis

Defensive end Shaun Ellis is switching sides in one of the NFL's most intense rivalries.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection signed with the New England Patriots on Monday after 11 seasons with the New York Jets. The Patriots also signed free agent defensive end Andre Carter, who has played 10 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins.

Ellis, 34, had become the longest-tenured player on the Jets since he was taken 12th overall with a pick that New York obtained as compensation for letting coach Bill Belichick sign with the Patriots.

He told the Associated Press last year that he hoped to play 15 years in the NFL and get 100 sacks.

But when Ellis asked for a contract extension last off-season, the Jets cited their policy of having older veterans play out their contracts.

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