Patriots sign Greene to practice squad
UGA, South grad added for depth at quarterback

After more than two weeks of searching for the right fit and an offer, David Greene joined one of the NFL's most successful football franchises.

The New England Patriots signed Greene, a former standout at both South Gwinnett and Georgia, on Wednesday to their practice squad. The 25-year-old is expected to add depth at the quarterback position for the Patriots, who have two other QBs on the roster behind star Tom Brady.

Greene was a third-round pick, 85th overall, by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2005 NFL Draft after a stellar career at Georgia, where he won 42 games, the highest number by a starting QB in NCAA history. He was Seattle's No. 3 quarterback in 2005 and 2006, but never played in a regular-season game. The Seahawks released him on Sept. 2 after he went through a rough preseason, including a three-interception game vs. the Green Bay Packers.

After being cut Greene worked out for other teams and found a spot with the Patriots, winners of three Super Bowls since 2002. He's now on a roster that features the well-known Brady, a three-time Pro Bowler with three Super Bowl wins and two Super Bowl MVPs on his resume.

Greene joins 25-year-old backup Matt Cassel and 23-year-old Matt Gutierrez on the Patriots' roster. Cassel, a seventh-round pick of New England in 2005, never started a college game because he backed up Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. He played in eight games in 2005 and 2006 with the Patriots, completing 18 of 32 passes for 215 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Gutierrez is a rookie free agent out of Idaho State.