FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Running back Patrick Pass is returning to the New England Patriots.

The team said Thursday that it has signed a contract with Pass, who won three Super Bowls in seven seasons with the Patriots from 2000-2006.

Pass appeared in one game with the New York Giants in 2007 and was out of football in 2008. He’s a longshot to make a Patriots roster that includes running backs Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk, Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

New England also released four players on Thursday: defensive lineman Kenny Smith, linebacker Angelo Craig, running back Omar Cuff and defensive back Marcus McClinton.

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