The Patriots Make Their First Free Agent Signing, Create Logjam at RB

After a quiet night last night and a largely quiet day, the Patriots announced their first free agent signing of 2011: RB Sammy Morris. Morris will return to the Pats after spending the previous four seasons with the team, albeit injury-riddled ones. The deal with Sammy Morris is reportedly a one-year pact, and Sammy really wanted to return to New England.

Despite the new deal, Sammy’s spot on the final roster is hardly guaranteed.

If all running backs currently on the roster remain healthy throughout camp and the preseason, that will leave seven, at least three of which would have to be cut:

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Sammy Morris, Shane Vereen (rookie, 2nd round), Stevan Ridley (rookie, 3rd round), Thomas Clayton, Eric Kettani (activated from reserve/military list)

That’s not counting Kevin Faulk, who remains a free agent and a possibility to return. The Pats could elect to go with youth, which would leave Morris on the outside looking in. At this point, the only locks to make the roster are Green-Ellis and Woodhead. After that, the remaining spots are up for grabs, and there could be at least one less roster spot available if the Pats choose to go with three quarterbacks, which is very likely, and/or four tight ends. Running back, at least depth-wise, is shaping up to be one of the big position battles of training camp.

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