Patriots sign linebacker James Anderson, cut Mark Harrison

The New England Patriots have signed veteran linebacker James Anderson, cutting wide receiver Mark Harrison.

Anderson, 30, has played for the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears last season.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick of Carolina out of Virginia Tech in 2006. He was released by Carolina last year and was signed by Chicago as a free agent.

Anderson has recorded 556 total tackles, 12 sacks, three interceptions, 23 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. Last season in Chicago, he started all 16 games and finished with 102 total tackles and four sacks.

Harrison, 23, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Rutgers. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder spent the season on the reserve-non-football injury list.

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Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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