The 5-10, 200-pound Patterson joins Miami from the Cleveland Browns where he saw action in seven games (four starts) during the 2012 season and recorded 28 tackles (25 solo) and five passes defensed. Patterson spent the previous two seasons with the Browns (2011-12) after being with the Philadelphia Eagles (2009-10), where he recorded a career high four interceptions in the 2010 season, including one returned for a touchdown. Prior to that, he played two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs (2007-08), and one year each for the Minnesota Vikings (2006) and Washington Redskins (2005). For his career, Patterson has recorded 152 tackles (139 solo), five interceptions, one sack and 29 passes defensed.
Patterson transferred to Tuskegee University prior to his senior season in 2004 after spending his first three years at Southeast Missouri State University (2001-03). As a senior, he earned first-team All-SIAC honors, returning two blocked field goals for touchdowns and blocked a PAT. As a junior at Southeast Missouri State, he played in 12 games, notching 62 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 12 passes defensed, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery en route to earning second-team All-America honors. Patterson was born on June 18, 1983 in Miami, Fla.