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Pats bring Tim Bulman back home

Joe Flacco,  Tim Bulman

Houston Texans defensive tackle Tim Bulman, right, reaches for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


Tim Bulman is coming home. For now.

The Patriots have signed veteran defensive lineman Tim Bulman to a one-year deal, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction. Bulman, a native of Milton, Massachusetts who played at Boston College, spent five seasons with the Texans and one with the Cardinals.

He has experience in both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, which is a good thing since the Pats use 3-4 and 4-3 fronts interchangeably.

If Bulman survives the cuts from 90 to 53, he’ll be a backup at best; he has only two starts in six NFL seasons.