FOXBORO, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed free agent cornerback Tom Knight and re-signed tight end Jermaine Wiggins today. Terms of the deals were not announced.
Knight, 27, joins the Patriots after six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, where he started 53 of 63 games and recorded 263 career tackles (176 solos), two sacks and three interceptions. The 6-foot, 195-pound cornerback was originally drafted in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1997 NFL draft. In 1999, he started 11 of 16 games, recorded 77 tackles (47 solos) and picked off two passes. In 2000, he came close to eclipsing those numbers when he started 15 of 16 games and compiled 70 tackles (46 solos). Last season, he started each of the eight games he appeared in and recorded 32 tackles (25 solos) and one interception. He recorded a season-high nine tackles (8 solos), including his lone interception during the 2001 season, at the goal line in a game against the Raiders (12/2).
Wiggins, 27, is an East Boston native who returned to New England when he was claimed by the Patriots off waivers from the New York Jets on Nov. 28, 2000. The Jets signed the 6-foot-2-inch, 255-pound tight end as a rookie free agent in 1999. He was released by the Jets, but spent his rookie season on their practice squad. With the Patriots in 2001, he started six of 16 games and caught 14 passes for 133 yards. His four touchdowns receptions was tied for second on the team. In the postseason, he matched his regular season production with 14 receptions in just three playoff games, including a franchise-record 10 receptions in the playoff game against the Oakland Raiders (1/19/02).