FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed free agent wide receiver Eugene Baker today. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Additionally, the team placed first-year guard Bryan Anderson on waivers.
Baker, 29, is entering his fifth NFL season and has played in eight career games with one start for the Atlanta Falcons (1999-2000) and the Carolina Panthers (2003-04). The 6-foot-1-inch, 183-pound wide receiver has recorded seven receptions for 118 yards in his career, in addition to eight punt returns for 49 yards and two kickoff returns for 39 yards. Baker was originally drafted by the Falcons in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons in Atlanta (1999-2000), splitting time between the practice squad and the active roster. In 2001, he began the year on the Falcons' practice squad before joining the Buffalo Bills' practice squad for the second half of the season. He went to training camp with the St. Louis Rams in 2002, but was released prior to the regular season. The Kent State product was signed by the Panthers as a free agent prior to the 2003 season and saw action in four games with Carolina from 2003-04. He was released by the Panthers yesterday (07/28/05).
Anderson, 25, was signed by the Patriots on June 28, 2005. He has played in four games in his professional career and joined the Patriots from the Chicago Bears, where he spent the bulk of the 2003 and 2004 seasons on the practice squad. The 6-foot-4-inch, 330-pound offensive lineman was originally selected by the Bears in the seventh round (261st overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. Last season, the University of Pittsburgh product spent the season's first 12 games on Chicago's practice squad before he was signed to the active roster and played a reserve role in the final four games of 2004.