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Green signing official

The rumored signing of former New York Jets safety Victor Green became official Tuesday. The terms of the signing were not disclosed, but a source confirmed published reports that it was a one-year deal for more than the veteran minimum of $750,000 and contains numerous incentives.

Green, a nine-year veteran, comes to New England following a 2001 season that saw him total 114 tackles and three interceptions with the Jets. The safety has played in every game since he entered the league in 1993 and currently has a 108-game consecutive starts streak. In his career, Green has totaled 964 tackles, 24 interceptions and eight sacks.

The 5-foot-11-inch, 210-pound safety out of Akron becomes the fifth former Jet to join the Patriots during the 2002 offseason joining Rick Lyle, Steve Martin, Tony Scott and Chris Hayes. Green has familiarity with his new head coach as he played under Belichick when he was an assistant with the Jets in 1996-1999.

The signing adds even more depth to a defensive backfield that now has 15 members and could prove to be one the most competitive areas as training camp begins.

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