Foxborough, Ma. - The New England Patriots signed guard Rich Tylski and linebacker Marty Moore today. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Tylski, 31, played in 12 games, including 10 starts at guard with the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2001 regular season and started in both of their playoff games, including the AFC Championship game against the Patriots. In 2001, he helped lead the way for the Steelers rushing attack which led the NFL with an average of 173.4 rushing yards per game during the regular season.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 306-pound guard has played in 79 career games, including 62 starts at both guard and tackle. He was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on April 25, 1994 and spent the 1994 season on the practice squad. He was claimed off of waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 and spent the entire season on their practice squad. Tylski spent four additional seasons with the Jaguars (1996-1999) and played in 51 games with 36 starts at both guard positions and at tackle. He also started six postseason games, including the 1996 AFC Championship game against the Patriots. He signed with Pittsburgh prior to the 2000 season and started all 16 games at right guard with the Steelers.
Moore, 31, played in three games with the Patriots in 2001 after re-signing with the team on Sept. 4, 2001. He registered three defensive tackles for the Patriots before being placed on the injured reserve list on Oct. 2, 2001 with an Achilles injury. The Patriots originally drafted him with the final pick in the 1994 NFL draft. The 6-foot-1-inch, 245-pound linebacker played six seasons with the team (1994-99) before signing with the Cleveland Browns as an unrestricted free agent in 2000. In eight seasons, Moore has totaled 175 defensive tackles, including one sack, three interceptions and 110 special teams stops.