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New England Patriots Reportedly Hire Former University Of Texas Quarterback Chris Simms

The New England Patriots have reportedly hired a former standout Longhorn quarterback to their staff. is reporting that Chris Simms will be added to Bill Belichick's staff, although it remains unclear what role he will serve in.

The 31-year old Simms was originally a third round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004, and has spent time with both the Titans and Broncos during his playing career. He was not re-signed by Tennessee after the 2010 season, and remained a free agent throughout 2011.

There's a connection between Simms and Belichick, and that is his father Phil, who quarterbacked the New York Giants while Belichick was a part of Bill Parcell's staff in the 1980's. The younger Simms was arrested in July of 2010 on charges of driving while intoxicated with marijuana, but the case was later dropped.

While he has no previous history as a coach, Simms comes from a strong football background and may assume a quality control or coaching assistant job on the offensive staff in New England.

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