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NFL moves: Torry Holt signs with Patriots, Jason Taylor goes to Jets

April 20, 2010 |  3:09 pm

A pair of NFL veterans found jobs in new cities Tuesday.

Holt_300 Wide receiver Torry Holt, who spent 10 of his 11 seasons with the St. Louis Rams, signed with the New England Patriots, the team that prevented him from becoming a two-time NFL champion by defeating the Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Holt, who had 51 catches for 772 yards in 15 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, set a rookie record with seven receptions and 109 yards receiving in the Rams' 23-16 Super Bowl XXXIV win over Tennessee.

He averages 77.4 yards a game (third best in NFL history) and has 13,382 career receiving yards (10th all time) and 920 receptions (11th all time).

Taylor_250 Free agent linebacker Jason Taylor, who spent 12 of his 13 NFL seasons in Miami, signed with an AFC East rival of the Dolphins, the New York Jets. Taylor, the 2006 defensive player of the year, has 127 1/2 career sacks.

The signing of Taylor is the latest move in a busy off-season for the AFC runner-up Jets, who also signed running back LaDainian Tomlinson and safety Brodney Pool, and traded for wide receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Left photo: Torry Holt with the Rams in 2008. Credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

Right photo: Jason Taylor with the Dolphins in 2009. Credit: Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press