The New England Patriots’ initial transaction of February arrived Tuesday.
Pipkins, 26, originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent by way of Louisiana-Monroe and Oklahoma State in 2017. The 6-foot, 196-pound defensive back has made stops with the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns since then.
Over 15 career regular-season games, Pipkins stands with 24 tackles and one pass deflection.
Pipkins had seen 122 snaps on defense and 113 snaps on special teams for Green Bay as a rookie, and was traded during the following preseason to Indianapolis. Detroit then claimed Pipkins off waivers in the fall of 2018, and he’d finish his second NFL campaign as a member of Cleveland’s practice squad.
The Browns waived Pipkins at the 53-man roster deadline last August.
Pipkins now joins a cornerback depth chart in New England that includes Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams, Justin Bethel, D’Angelo Ross and Jason McCourty, who carries a team option for 2020.
The league year opens at 4 p.m. ET on March 18.