Patriots Add DE Shaun Ellis To the Mix

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August 07, 2011 at 11:41am ET

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Former Jets defensive lineman Shaun Ellis was reportedly here in town on Thursday for a visit, and it appears that it must have gone well because Adam Schefter reported this morning that the Patriots have added him to the mix.

According to Schefter the New York Jets had offered him the veteran minimum to come back with the team, and it looks like Ellis opted instead for a change of scenery.

The 34-year old Ellis was drafted by the Jets as the 12th overall selection back in 2000 out of Tennessee, and also played back in college with newly acquired defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (he was taken 15th overall in the first round by the Titans in 2002).

As the team continues transitioning to a 4-3 alignment, this move now makes it that much more interesting to watch the battles up front on the outside.