Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was not the only new arrival in New England, as the Patriots announced the signing of fullback Larry Bowie late Thursday.
Bowie, 27, played four seasons with the Washington Redskins before he was released on June 2, 2000. The 6-foot, 249-pound blocker played in 23 games and had 17 starts for the Redskins.
Bowie joined the Redkins as a rookie free agent out of Georgia in 1996. As a rookie he had three catches for 17 yards.
In 1997 Bowie started 13 of the 15 games he played and had 28 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He also showed the ability to catch the ball with 34 receptions for 388 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
A broken left fibula in Week Five of the 1998 season caused Bowie to miss the remainder of the season. He suffered the same injury during the 1999 preseason and missed the first 11 games of the year.