Patriots Add WR Tory Holt

Torry Holt, longtime St. Louis Ram Wideout

The New England Patriots signed free agent WR Torry Holt the team announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not provided. Holt, an 11-year veteran, spent one season in Jacksonville after a long career with the Rams. His signing immediately upgrades the Patriots receiving corps.

WR Torry Holt agreed to terms with the New England Patriots. He joins a team that won their first Super Bowl against his former team (the Rams). The deal is reportedly a one-year contract worth up to $1.7 million.

The 33-year-old Holt is an 11-year veteran wideout. He was a member of the St. Louis Rams (1999-2008) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009).

A former first-round draft pick by the Rams, (6th overall), the North Carolina State product was waived in March 2009. The Jaguars signed the veteran wideout in April 2009, then released him this February. Holt started in 12 of the 15 games he participated in for the Jaguars. He recorded 51 receptions for 772 yards.

From the team's press release:

Holt, 6-0, 190 pounds, is a seven-time Pro Bowl selections (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007), who has played in 173 career games with 159 starts and ranks 10th in NFL history with 13,382 receiving yards and 11th in receptions with 920. Holt has averaged 77.4 yards per game during his career, a mark that ranks third in NFL history. He ranked first in the NFL from 2000 through 2009 with 868 receptions and 12,594 receiving yards, a mark that is an NFL record for most receptions in a decade.

Holt has played in 10 postseason games and two Super Bowls, all with the St. Louis Rams, accumulating 47 receptions for 630 yards and four touchdowns. He set a Super Bowl rookie record with seven receptions and 109 receiving yards in the Rams 1999 Super Bowl win over Tennessee.

For more on Holt, see his Player Profile