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Patriots sign WR Joey Galloway

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed veteran wide receiver Joey Galloway today. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Joey Galloway, 37, is a veteran of 14 NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (1995-99), Dallas Cowboys (2000-03) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004-08). The 5-foot-11-inch, 197-pound wide receiver has played in 185 career games with 169 starts and has 682 receptions for 10,710 yards (15.7 avg.) and 77 touchdowns. Galloway has averaged 15.70 yards per reception over his career, a figure that leads all active NFL players with 300 or more career receptions (Randy Moss ranks second in that category with a career average of 15.66 yards per reception). Galloway joins Moss as one of nine active players with 10,000 or more receiving yards and as one of 11 active players with 650 or more career receptions. Galloway's 77 career touchdown receptions rank fifth among active players. He has recorded six seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards (most recently in 2007) and is one of four players in league history to have three 1,000-yard receiving seasons with two different teams, joining Henry Ellard, Derrick Mason and Terrell Owens. In addition to his receiving accomplishments, he has recorded 141 career punt returns for 1,349 yards (9.6 avg.) and five touchdowns.

Galloway was originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. In his first four seasons with the Seahawks, he led the team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns each season, while his 36 touchdown catches over that period (1995-98) ranked third in the NFL. As a rookie in 1995, he became the first rookie receiver to start every game for the Seahawks and his 1,039 receiving yards were just the 10th 1,000-yard receiving performance by a rookie in NFL history. He led all NFL rookies and set Seattle rookie records for receptions (67), receiving yards (1,039) and touchdown receptions (7). He also recorded the NFL's two longest plays in 1995 - an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown and an 86-yard touchdown run. In 1996, he once again started every game and led the team in receptions (57), receiving yards (987) and receiving touchdowns (7). In 1997, he set a career high with 12 touchdown catches while also leading the team with 72 catches and 1,049 receiving yards. In 1998, he tied for the AFC lead with 10 scoring catches and recorded his third straight 1,000-yard season, totaling 1,047 receiving yards, while also returning a career-high two punt returns for touchdowns. In 1999, his final year in Seattle, Galloway played in eight games with four starts and caught 22 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown.

Galloway was acquired by the Dallas Cowboys from the Seahawks on Feb. 12, 2000, in exchange for two first-round draft selections (2000 and 2001). In his first season in Dallas, Galloway suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the year. He returned to action in 2001 and started all 16 games for the Cowboys while finishing second on the team with 52 catches for 699 yards and team-high three receiving touchdowns. In 2002, he led Dallas with 61 receptions for 908 yards and tied for the team lead with six touchdown catches. In 2003, he led the NFL with an average of 19.8 yards per catch (34 receptions for 672 yards).

Galloway was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from the Cowboys on March 19, 2004, in exchange for wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. In his first season with Tampa Bay, Galloway played in 10 games with seven starts and had 33 receptions for 416 yards and five touchdowns while also recording 20 punt returns for 142 yards and a touchdown. Over the next three seasons (2005-07), Galloway led the team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns each season while posting three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. In 2005, he set a career high with 1,287 receiving yards on a career-best 83 receptions while also adding 10 touchdown catches. His 1,287 receiving yards in 2005 rank second in Buccaneers team history. In 2006, Galloway had 62 receptions for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2007, he totaled 1,014 yards on 57 receptions and had six scoring catches. Last season, Galloway played in nine games with four starts and had 13 receptions for 138 yards. He was released by the Buccaneers on February 25, 2009.

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