The New England Patriots added competition built for third down on Tuesday, announcing the signing of former New Orleans Saints running back Travaris Cadet.
The 26-year-old Appalachian State product’s contract runs for two years, according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate.
Cadet first signed with the Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2012, and has since appeared in 41 games. He’s collected 1,293 yards on 50 kick returns, 37 yards on 11 rushing attempts, and 345 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 45 receptions.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound back started one contest and played in 15 for New Orleans last season, handling 10 carries for 32 yards, along with 38 passes for 296 yards and a score on offense.
Cadet could push 2014 fourth-round pick James White for a receiving role in New England’s attack, after incumbent third-down back Shane Vereen signed with the New York Giants last week.
He is now one of seven halfbacks on the Patriots’ roster.