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Patriots sign safety Marcus Washington

FOXBORO, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed safety Marcus Washington, their sixth-round selection in the 1999 NFL Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Washington is the third of the Patriots' eight draft choices to sign with the team.

Washington, 24, was voted honorable mention All-Big Twelve Conference three times and totaled 168 tackles and had five interceptions during his college career. He started at all four defensive back positions while at Colorado and holds a school record with 42 pass deflections.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 217-pound safety recorded 42 tackles (31 solo) and eight pass deflections during his senior season. He also intercepted two passes and returned one 40 yards for a touchdown, which proved to be the game-winning touchdown in a 27-25 victory vs. Oklahoma.

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