New England Patriots

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Adrian Colbert #38 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after a play against the New York Giants during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

With OTA’s just days away, the Patriots defensive back group just got a little more crowded. On Thursday, the team signed safety Adrian Colbert, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The details of Colbert’s contract with the Patriots were not immediately released.

At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Colbert primarily plays as a deep safety. However, he can use his size to deliver massive hits as he comes towards the line of scrimmage, earning him the nickname ‘The Punisher,’ based on the Marvel character.

Over the last few years, Colbert has spent time with organizations run by for Patriots assistant coaches. Last season, he played six games for Joe Judge and the New York Giants, starting two. In 2019, he was with Brian Flores’ Miami Dolphins. He’s also had practice squad stints with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. Before that, he spent two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, who drafted him out of Miami in the seventh round in 2017.

Colbert the seventh Drew Rosenhaus client to be signed by the Patriots this offseason. Other players include Jonnu Smith, Davon Godchaux, and Jalen Mills. Trent Brown, who was traded to the Patriots then restructured his contract, is also a Rosenhaus client.

In New England, Colbert joins a safety room that has already added Jalen Mills via free agency and Joshuah Bledsoe through the draft this offseason. Colbert’s ability to play deep should help him as he competes for a role, with most of the Patriots’ safeties being primarily strong safeties/box defenders.

With Colbert’s signing, the Patriots 90-man roster now has just one spot left. However, the team hasn’t yet officially processed Patrick Chung’s retirement, so he is included in that number.

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