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The defending champs reportedly added a big-name, big-play, big-bodied wide receiver to the mix reportedly reaching an agreement with former Chicago Bear David Terrell. ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli broke the story Sunday evening, although terms of the deal, which is expected to be officially signed early this week, were not yet available. Terrell reportedly chose the Patriots over other free agent suitors including the Giants and Buccaneers thanks in part to the opportunity to reunite with quarterback Tom Brady, a guy with whom the receiver had much success at the University of Michigan.

Pasquarelli also speculates that the 6-3, 212-pound Terrell could fill the void at New England's third wide receiver spot, a hole left open when veteran David Patten joined the Redskins through free agency earlier this spring.

"Terrell is representative of the kind of player the Patriots are so adept at rehabilitating, a veteran with still-solid skills, one who could emerge when put into a winning situation," Pasquarelli writes.

The Boston Globe has news of the Terrell signing in its Sports Log, while Mike Reiss questions in the Boston Herald what impact the signing could have on the potential return of Troy Brown to New England. Reiss also writes that Brady gave the Patriots a vote of confidence in his former teammate before the signing.

In a bit of community news, Carly Okyle has a story in the Tufts Daily about a campus visit by Patriots cornerback Randall Gay over the weekend. Gay read to a group of local children as part of Tufts University's sixth annual Read by the River literacy fair.

In league news, former Patriots and Titans running back Antowain Smith reached a contract agreement with the New Orleans Saints to backup running back Deuce McAllister next season.

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