Vinny Testaverde, who came out of retirement last season to help out the New York Jets, was signed on yesterday by New England.
The move came after the Patriots lost two in a row for the first time since 2002 as Tom Brady played two of his poorest games. Until signing Testaverde, New England had only one other quarterback on its roster, second-year pro Matt Cassel.
Testaverde, who turned 43 Monday, was the first overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 1987 draft. He has played 19 NFL seasons and has 269 touchdown passes, eighth in NFL history, and is sixth with 45,252 yards passing.
Brady has been listed as probable on the injury report every week for last season and this season, but hasn't missed a game.
Asked if Brady has seemed hampered in his performance, coach Bill Belichick said, "I think that Tom has had good days, good weeks of practice. I just think overall, we collectively as a team -- coaches, players, everybody -- we just have to do a better job. I think we all feel that way. That includes everybody."