LB Banta-Cain returns to Patriots after two-year 49ers stint

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed linebacker Tully Banta-Cain and tight end Brad Listorti, the team announced Wednesday.

Terms of the agreements with the free agents weren't disclosed.

Age: 29

Height: 6-2  Weight: 265

College: California

Experience: 6 seasons

Banta-Cain, 28, originally was taken by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound linebacker played for the Patriots for four seasons from 2003 to 2006, playing in 54 games with five starts over that period.

Banta-Cain was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2007, and played for the 49ers for two seasons (2007-08). Banta-Cain has played in 82 games with 15 starts in his NFL career and recorded 97 tackles (65 solo), 12 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 71 special-teams tackles.

Listorti, 24, originally was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as a rookie free agent from the University of Massachusetts on May 21, 2008. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end was waived by the Falcons on Aug. 11, 2008. During the 2008 season, Listorti had two stints on the New York Jets' practice squad.

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