Pats beef up with Ellis and Carter

New York Jets' Shaun Ellis sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the third...

New York Jets' Shaun Ellis sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the third quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, September 19, 2010. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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FOXBORO, MASS. - The New England Patriots continued to beef up their defensive line, officially adding veterans Shaun Ellis and Andre Carter on Monday.

Ellis had played his entire 11-year career with the arch-rival New York Jets, while Carter had spent five seasons with San Francisco and another five with Washington.

The Patriots had previously acquired defensive linemen Albert Haynesworth and Mark Anderson earlier this summer.

Ellis has 72 1/2 sacks in his career, including 4 1/2 last season when he also made 36 tackles in 15 games. He was a Pro Bowl pick in 2003 after notching 12 1/2 sacks and was also selected for the contest in 2009.

The Tennessee product is the Jets' all-time leader in games played by a defensive lineman. He was selected by the Jets in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft with one of the picks the club received as compensation after the Patriots lured Bill Belichick away from New York.

In last year's divisional playoff matchup, Ellis sacked Tom Brady twice in New York's 28-21 victory.

Carter had 44 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks in 16 games, including five starts, for the Redskins last season. He had a banner 2009 campaign with 11 sacks for Washington and has registered 66 sacks in his first 10 NFL seasons.

The 49ers selected Carter with the seventh overall choice of the 2001 draft out of California. He signed with Washington as an unrestricted free agent before the 2006 season and has compiled double-digit sack totals three times, including a career-best 12 1/2 with San Francisco in 2002.


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