Patriots Sign Lamont Jordan

According to NFL.com’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have signed Lamont Jordan to a one-year contract, one-day after getting the heave-ho from Al Davis and the Raiders. Considering Jordan was scheduled to make $4.7 million dollars this year, he probably took quite a discount to play for the Patriots.

After a stellar 2005 season with the Raiders, including 1600+ all-purpose yards and 11 TD’s, Jordan has battled injuries they last two years. In 2006 and 2007 combined, Jordan totaled 258 rushes for just under 1000 yards.

The Patriots already have a crowded backfield with the likes of first round draft pick Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk, and Sammy Morris. Heath Evans and Kyle Eckel have also shared time at running back in the past.

Randy Moss Part Deux?

Randy Moss, the last Raider to don the Patriot red, white, and blue turned out to be quite the addition for the New England Patriots. While Lamont Jordan won’t be expected to revolutionize the offense like Moss did, although I’m sure he’ll account for a few new wrinkles.

Jordan’s 70 catches in 2005 should have Josh McDaniels salivating. We’d expect to see some 3rd-Down sets featuring both Jordan and Faulk coming out of the backfield.

Odd Man out?

We doubt that the Patriots will keep all four of their running backs along with two fullbacks going into the 2008 NFL season. Sammy Morris has to be the favorite to get let go. Morris is recovering from a devastating chest injury that derailed an excellent start to the 2007 campaign, and the Patriot Front Office don’t have the money invested in Morris that they do in Maroney. Morris would only count $375,000 against the 2008 Salary Cap and $750,000 against the 2009 Salary Cap if he were cut. Faulk is safe in the fact that his skills–receiving, blocking–aren’t duplicated by Maroney or Morris.

If the Patriots do choose to keep all four running backs, the backfield would have a level of depth not seen in these parts for a long time. Maroney and Morris are both good inside runners, while Jordan and Faulk bring receiving skills to the table. Regardless of what Bill Belichick chooses to do, Lamont Jordan was a great addition to the Patriot team.

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