Former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead has signed with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, the team announced Tuesday.
Since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Burkhead spent four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, rushing for 375 yards on 87 carries and catching 34 passes for 288 yards while playing sparingly.
Burkhead played at Nebraska from 2009-12, racking up 3,329 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. During his junior season, he scored 17 total touchdowns, second in the Big Ten.
Burkhead will have a chance to earn playing time with the Patriots, who famously like to shuffle their running backs. New England currently has James White, Dion Lewis and others in the backfield, but Burkhead could help replace goal-line specialist LeGarrette Blount, who is currently a free agent.