The New England Patriots are signing kick returner Leon Washington. The move should get the team's roster to 53 players NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday citing a source informed of the transaction.

The Patriots dumped Washington on Aug. 31 as a superfluous luxury in a crowded backfield and with other options in the return game.

Washington's production and attempts have dwindled the last several seasons but he still has life in his legs.