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Patriots sign LB Colvin

The Patriots signed linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, adding one of the most attractive free agents on the market and improving their weak pass rush.

Colvin had 10{ sacks last season, tops on the Bears and tied for 12th in the league. He chose the Patriots over several teams that pursued him.

"They're very talented on defense. They're coming off a Super Bowl run two years ago," the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Colvin said. "I'm not the answer to any questions they have. I'm just a piece of the puzzle."

The Patriots had 34 sacks last season. Only 11 teams had fewer. Willie McGinest and Richard Seymour led the team with 5{ each. Colvin had the second-most sacks by a linebacker, trailing only the 11 by LaVar Arrington of Washington.

Colvin, 25, was fifth on the Bears with 72 tackles last season. He had 10{ sacks for the second straight season, the only linebacker in team history to record double-digit sacks in consecutive seasons.

FALCONS: Fullback Bob Christian, whose season ended when he suffered a concussion in December, said he will retire. Christian, a 12-year veteran, had two concussions last season. He was knocked out in a Week 7 win against Carolina, but returned the next week. He was knocked unconscious and lay motionless for several minutes after catching a pass and taking a forearm to the side of his helmet in a win against Detroit on Dec. 22. He was taken off the field on a cart and missed the rest of the season.

TEXANS: Defensive end Corey Sears and safety Kevin Williams, both reserves last season, re-signed.

GOODRICH TRIAL: Former Cowboys cornerback Dwayne Goodrich was indicted by a grand jury in a hit-and-run accident that killed two men. Goodrich was charged with two counts of manslaughter and three counts of failure to stop and render aid as well as aggravated assault. He was accused of driving through a fiery accident scene on Jan. 14, hitting three men on the side of a highway with his car. Two men who had stopped to help were killed. A third broke a leg.

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