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Patriots Officially Sign RB Steven Jackson, Cut DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen

Update:

The New England Patriots officially announced the signing of veteran RB Steven Jackson on Tuesday, as well as the release of DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen.

Kitchen, 27, originally signed on with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State back in 2012. He lasted just a few months with the Ravens before he was cut at the start of the 2012 season and later claimed by the Browns.

Kitchen wound up re-signing with the Browns as a restricted free agent this past May, but was unfortunately among the team’s roster cuts over a month ago. After a brief stint with the Lions, the Patriots signed Kitchen to a contract last week.

In 2014, Kitchen appeared in 12 games and recorded 43 tackles for the Browns.

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Josina Anderson of ESPN is reporting that the Patriots are signing RB Steven Jackson to a contract on Monday.

  • Anderson adds that Jackson receives a one-year contract from the Patriots.

The Patriots brought Jackson in for a workout last week, but elected to hold off on signing him to a contract. Over the weekend, some speculated that New England could wait until this week to bring Jackson into the fold.

Jackson previously played for Patriots OC Josh McDaniels in St. Louis, so there’s an obvious connection between the two parties. On top of that, Bill Belichick has reportedly admired Jackson’s play for some time now and they could use a replacement for LeGarrette Blount, who was lost for the season to hip injury.

Jackson, 32, had been a free agent for several months now without finding any reported interest before working out for the Patriots last week. However, he made it clear that he was hoping to catch on with a team at some point this year.

In 2014, Jackson appeared in 15 games for the Falcons and ran for 707 yards on 190 carries (3.7 YPC) to go along with six touchdowns.