SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) _ The New England Patriots signed veteran linebacker Roman Phifer on Friday.

Terms of the contract were not announced.

The 33-year-old Phifer, a free agent, started 11 of 16 games at outside linebacker for the New York Jets last season. He had 45 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble.

Phifer was released by the Jets in February to clear salary cap space.

Phifer, out of UCLA, was selected in the second round of the 1991 draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played his first eight seasons with the Rams, four in Los Angeles and four in St. Louis before signing with the New York Jets as a free agent in 1999.

In 10 NFL seasons, Pfifer started 134 of 151 games and has 915 career tackles, including 23 1/2 sacks. He has forced 12 fumbles and is credited with four recoveries.

Also, the Patriots waived punter Dan Hadenfeldt.

The 24-year-old Hadenfeldt was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on April 27, 2001. He had 104 punts for 4,632 yards and a 44.5 average at Nebraska.