OAKLAND CA - DECEMBER 26: Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates with Jamey Richard #61 after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 26 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
According to a source close to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, the New England Patriots have reached a contract agreement with free-agent guard/center Jamey Richard.
The 27-year old Richard has played in 48 games (11 starts) in four career seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Richard was drafted in the seventh round in 2008 out of the University of Buffalo. It was reported earlier this week that Richard, along with two other offensive lineman were brought in for workouts.
As for the likelihood that Richard makes the final roster, his chances appear slim. Even though he has starting experience, there are just too many other returning interior lineman.
The Pats already have Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendall battling for the starting center job. Not to mention, that Pro-Bowl guards Brian Waters and Logan Mankins are also locks to start next season, with Robert Gallery and Marcus Cannon possibly serving as depth behind them. But it's only May, and a lot of things could happen.