FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -The New England Patriots signed veteran free agent linebacker Chad Brown on Thursday, and released cornerback Antwain Spann, wide receiver Jonathan Smith and tight end Jake Nordin.
In his previous season with the Patriots, Brown had 57 tackles, including three on special teams in 15 games.
Spann, 24, played in eight regular-season games last year and three in the postseason.
Nordin, 23, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois in May.