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2016 New England Patriots Transactions Tracker

John Morgan
February 12, 2016 at 7:00 am ET

Here is a look at the transactions made thus far by the New England Patriots; this post will be continuously updated as more moves are made throughout the year. Besides transactions, other events involving the roster such as final weekly injury reports and game day inactive lists are included. For those wishing to take a trip down memory lane, check out the following:
2014 New England Patriots Transaction Tracker
2013 New England Patriots Transaction Tracker
2012 New England Patriots Transaction Tracker

 

Jan 1: Final Injury Report for Week 17 game at Miami Dolphins:
Out
CB Justin Coleman (concussion) Did Not Practice Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Julian Edelman (foot) Limited Participation Wed, Thu; DNP Fri
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand) LP Thu; DNP Wed, Fri
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee) LP Wed, Thu; DNP Fri
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) Full Participation Wed; LP Thu; DNP Fri
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) DNP Wed, Thu, Fri
Questionable
WR Danny Amendola (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
TE Scott Chandler (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
SS Patrick Chung (foot) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OL Josh Kline (shoulder) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Brandon LaFell (foot) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
FS Devin McCourty (ankle) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) LP Thu; DNP Wed, Fri
DT Sealver Siliga (personal) DNP Fri
Ol LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) LP Wed, Thu, Fri

Jan 3: Week 17 inactive list
CB Justin Coleman (concussion)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee)
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe)
DT Sealver Siliga (family matter)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle)

Jan 3: DC Matt Patricia reportedly a candidate for Head Coach of Miami Dolphins.

Jan 4: Cleveland Browns receive permission to interview DC Matt Patricia for Head Coach.

Jan 8: OC Josh McDaniels refuses to interview for any head coaching positions during open window.

Jan 8: TE Rob Gronkowski and K Stephen Gostkowski named to AP first-team All Pro team.
LB Jamie Collins named an AP second-team All-Pro.

– Jan 8: Director of Pro Scouting Bob Quinn hired as General Manager of the Detroit Lions.

Jan 12: DC Matt Patricia interviews with Cleveland Browns for Head Coach.

– Jan 12: WR DeAndre Carter released from Practice Squad.

+ Jan 12: WR J.J. Worton (Rams) signed to Practice Squad.

+ Jan 12: S Cedric Thompson (Dolphins) signed to Practice Squad.

Jan 12: DE Chandler Jones admitted to Norwood Hospital.

– Jan 13: OL Torrian Wilson released from Practice Squad.

+ Jan 13: WR DeAndre Carter (Patriots, Raiders, Ravens) re-signed to Practice Squad.

Jan 14: LB Darius Fleming requires 22 stitches after saving woman from burning car.

Jan 15: Final Injury Report for Division Round Playoff game versus Kansas City Chiefs:
Out
OL Tre’€™ Jackson (knee) Did Not Practice Wed, Thu, Fri
Questionable
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand/not injury related) LP Wed; DNP Thu, Fri
WR Danny Amendola (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
TE Scott Chandler (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee/back) DNP Thu; LP Wed, Fri
CB Justin Coleman (concussion) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DB Nate Ebner (hand) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Julian Edelman (foot) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
Probable
QB Tom Brady (ankle) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
OL Josh Kline (shoulder) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Brandon LaFell (foot) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
FS Devin McCourty (ankle) FP Wed, Thu, Fri

+ Jan 16: WR Keshawn Martin signed to two-year extension
$600,000 signing bonus
2016: $1,287,500 salary cap number
$850,000 base salary
$200,000 roster bonus ($12,500 per game)
$25,000 workout bonus
$750,000 performance bonus (based on receptions)
$600,000 cap hit if cut
$687,500 cap savings if cut or traded
2017: $1,537,500 salary cap number
$1,000,000 base salary
$200,000 roster bonus ($12,500 per game)
$25,000 workout bonus
$100,000 roster bonus (due 5th day of 2017 league year)
$750,000 performance bonus (based on receptions)
$200,000 escalator (based on 2016 receptions)
$300,000 cap hit if cut
$627,500 cap savings if cut or traded

Jan 16: Week 19 inactive list:
OL Tre’ Jackson (knee)
OL LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder)
LB Jon Bostic (healthy scratch)
WR Chris Harper (healthy scratch)
S Tavon Wilson (healthy scratch)
DL Geneo Grissom (healthy scratch)
DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen (healthy scratch)

Jan 16: Rob Gronkowski sets new NFL record for most career touchdown receptions (8) by a tight end.

Jan 16: Bill Belichick ties Tom Landry for NFL record for most conference championship game as head coach (10).
Belichick also tied Landry for 2nd most divisional playoff games in NFL history (13), and is now one away from tying the NFL record of 14 held by Don Shula.

Jan 18: Rob Gronkowski and Stephen Gostkowski named to the All-NFL team by the Pro Football Writers of America.

x Jan 19: LB Jerod Mayo (shoulder) placed on Injured Reserve.

Jan 21: LB James Vaughters (Packers) signed to reserve/future contract.

Jan 22: Ty Law to serve as honorary captain for AFCCG at Denver.

Jan 22: Final Injury Report for AFC Championship Game at Denver Broncos:
Out
OL Tre’€™ Jackson (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
Questionable
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee/back) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Danny Amendola (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
TE Scott Chandler (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Jamie Collins (back) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Darius Fleming (back/shin) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DB Nate Ebner (hand) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Julian Edelman (foot) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
C Bryan Stork (ankle) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR/ST Matthew Slater (shin) DNP Wed; LP Thu, Fri
Probable
QB Tom Brady (ankle) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
OL Josh Kline (shoulder) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Brandon LaFell (foot) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
S Devin McCourty (ankle) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
S Patrick Chung (foot) FP Thu, Fri

+ Jan 23: LB Kevin Snyder signed to 53-man roster from Practice Squad
$450,000 base salary

Jan 24: Week 20 Inactive List:
OL Tre’ Jackson (knee)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder)
DL Ishmaaily Kitchen (healthy scratch)
LB Jon Bostic (healthy scratch)
S Tavon Wilson (healthy scratch)
WR Chris Harper (healthy scratch)
DE Geneo Grissom (healthy scratch)

Jan 24: Patriots tie record for most consecutive championship games (5) in NFL history (Raiders, 1973-77).

Jan 24: Tom Brady sets NFL record for most postseason games (31), breaking Adam Vinatieri’s record.
Brady also tied George Blanda and Gene Upshaw for most appearances in a conference title game by any player in NFL history (10).

+ Jan 25: FB Joey Iosefa signed to reserve/future contract.
$450,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: S Cedric Thompson signed to reserve/future contract.
$450,000 base salary

Jan 25: Practice Squad WR J.J. Worton arrested for assault and battery.

Jan 25: Patriots draw highest television rating (31.8/53) for a conference championship game since 1987.

– Jan 25: Patriots decide to not re-sign OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo.

+ Jan 25: G Chris Barker signed to reserve/future contract.
$525,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: S Brock Vereen signed to reserve/future contract.
$600,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: WR DeAndre Carter signed to reserve/future contract.
$450,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: CB Rashaan Melvin signed to reserve/future contract.
$675,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: G Keavon Milton signed to reserve/future contract.
$525,000 base salary

+ Jan 26: DT Joe Vellano (Colts) signed to reserve/future contract.
$600,000 base salary

Jan 26: HC Bill Belichick attends Senior Bowl.

Jan 26: LB Jerod Mayo undergoes surgery to repair torn pectoral muscle.

– Jan 27: Patriots decide to not re-sign strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash.

– Jan 28: Offensive Line coach Dave DeGuglielmo signs with San Diego Chargers in same position.

– Jan 28: Director of Player Development Kevin Anderson signs with Detroit Lions as chief of staff and assistant to the general manager Bob Quinn (former Patriot scouting director).

– Jan 28: Linebackers coach Patrick Graham signs with New York Giants as their defensive line coach.

– Jan 29: Head strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash signs with Detroit Lions in same position.

 

+ Feb 1: RB Montee Ball signed to reserve/future contract.

Feb 5: Practice Squad RB Montee Ball arrested for battery.

Feb 7: Tom Brady booed during year’s largest television audience.

Feb 8: LB Dane Fletcher activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Feb 8: LB Rufus Johnson activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Feb 8: DT Chris Jones activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Feb 8: RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: CB Tarell Brown (hip) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: TE A.J. Derby (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: FB James Develin (leg) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: WR Aaron Dobson (ankle) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: DT Dominique Easley (thigh) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: DE Trey Flowers (knee,shoulder) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: RB Tyler Gaffney (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: WR Brandon Gibson (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: RB Dion Lewis (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: LB Jerod Mayo (shoulder) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: CB Darryl Roberts (wrist) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: LT Nate Solder (biceps) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: WR Brian Tyms (foot) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: G/C Ryan Wendell (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: Dante Scarnecchia is in talks to return to the Patriots as the offensive line coach.

Feb 8: Patriots listed as early favorites to win Super Bowl 51.

 

Looking ahead, here is a list of all the free agents for the New England Patriots once the 2016 league year commences.

Unrestricted Free Agents
#29 – RB LeGarrette Blount
#25 – CB Tarell Brown
#43 – S Nate Ebner
#13 – WR Brandon Gibson
#72 – DE Akiem Hicks
#39 – RB Steven Jackson
#52 – OLB Dekoda Watson
#62 – G/C Ryan Wendell
#27 – S Tavon Wilson

Restricted Free Agents
#46 – FB James Develin
#72 – OL Kevin Hughes
#96 – DT Sealver Siliga
#84 – WR Bryan Tyms
#68 – OT LaAdrian Waddle

 

Below is the remainder of the roster, sorted by length of contract.
Based on the 90-man roster, there are currently 16 openings.

Two players signed through 2019:
#87 – TE Rob Gronkowski
#32 – FS Devin McCourty

11 players signed through 2018:
#6 — P Ryan Allen
#90 – DT Malcom Brown
#49 – LS Joe Cardona
#86 – TE A.J. Derby
#98 – DE Trey Flowers
#3 — K Stephen Gostkowski
#92 – DE Geneo Grissom
#63 – RG Tre’ Jackson
#69 – LG Shaq Mason
#37 – SS Jordan Richards
#28 – CB Darryl Roberts

15 players signed through 2017:
#80 – WR Danny Amendola
#60 – C David Andrews
#12 – QB Tom Brady
#23 – SS Patrick Chung
#99 – DT Dominique Easley
#11 – WR Julian Edelman
#36 – RB Tyler Gaffney
#10 – QB Jimmy Garoppolo
#67 – RG Josh Kline
#33 – RB Dion Lewis
#82 – WR Keshawn Martin
#51 – ILB Jerod Mayo
#77 – LT Nate Solder
#66 – C Bryan Stork
#28 – RB James White

32 players signed through 2016:
#64 – G Chris Barker
#38 – RB Brandon Bolden
#58 – OLB Jon Bostic
#97 – DT Alan Branch
#21 – CB Malcolm Butler
#61 – OL Marcus Cannon
#88 – TE Scott Chandler
#91 – OLB Jamie Collins
#17 – WR Aaron Dobson
#53 – OLB Darius Fleming
#55 – ILB Jonathan Freeny
#30 – FS Duron Harmon
#14 – WR Chris Harper
#54 – OLB Dont’a Hightower
#47 – FB Joey Iosefa
#34 – CB Leonard Johnson
#95 – DE Chandler Jones
#94 – DT Chris Jones
#70 – DT Ishmaa’ily Kitchen
#19 – WR Brandon LaFell
#52 – OLB Eric Martin
#24 – CB Rashaan Melvin
#50 – DE Rob Ninkovich
#26 – CB Logan Ryan
#93 – DE Jabaal Sheard
#18 – ST Matt Slater
#45 – LB Kevin Snyder
#41 – FS Cedric Thompson
#NA – ILB James Vaughters
#72 – DT Joe Vellano
#35 – DB Brock Vereen
#85 – TE Michael Williams

 

– Feb 9: RB Montee Ball waived.

+ Feb 16: Dante Scarnecchia rehired as Offensive Line Coach.

– Feb 16: LB Jerod Mayo announces his retirement from the NFL.
As a result of this decision, the Patriots gained a net savings of $6,475,000 in cap space in 2016, with $4,400,000 of dead cap space being carried this season due to a $2.4 million proration of Mayo’s 2012 option bonus and a $2 million proration of his 2015 signing bonus. The Patriots also saved $10,500,000 in space off the 2017 salary cap.

The Patriots now have an estimated $13,058,036 of salary cap space available.

– Feb 17: CB Leonard Johnson released.

Feb 25: NFLPA announces that the Patriots will carry over $1,347,882 in unused salary cap space from the 2015 NFL league year.

Feb 26: 2016 NFL salary cap set at $155,270,000, an increase of $11,990,000 over the 2015 cap of $143,280,000.
With the carryover and a $1,347,882 Likely To Be Earned adjustment and a $3,188,125 Not Likely To Be Earned adjustment, the Patriots 2016 adjusted salary cap number will be $159,860,007.

The Patriots now have $13,563,036 of salary cap space available.

Feb 26: Patriots update Wells Report in Context website to include Peter King’s article “Why NFL Should Give Back Picks to Pats (But Won’€™t)” and Stephanie Stradley’s article “Best Argument for Giving the Patriots Draft Picks Back“.

Feb 29: With 2016 NFL salary cap announced, salaries for Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan and Chris Jones are set based on qualification for the Proven Performance Escalator in a player’s fourth league year.

+ Feb 29: Patriots extend Tom Brady‘s contract.
$28 million signing bonus and $41 million in new money.
Deal creates $1 million in salary cap space for the Pats in 2016, and $2 million in 2017.
2016 base salary: $1 million (guaranteed); cap number: $14 million
2017 base salary: $1 million (guaranteed); cap number: $14 million
2018 base salary: $14 million; roster bonus: $1 million (paid per game) cap number: $22 million
2019 Base salary: $14 million Roster bonus: $1 million (paid per game) cap number: $22 million

 

Mar 1: NFL window for applying franchise tag closes; Patriots did not apply tag to any of their players.

– Mar 2: WR Brian Tyms will not receive an RFA tender ($1,671,000).

– Mar 2: WR Brandon LaFell released.
LaFell was due to count $3,675,000 against the 2016 cap.
The move creates $2,150,000 in cap space as well as $1,000,000 in dead cap dollars.

– Mar 2: TE Scott Chandler released.
Chandler was due to count $3,050,000 against the 2016 cap.
The move creates $1,525,000 in cap space as well as $1,000,000 in dead cap dollars.

Mar 3: TE Rob Gronkowski will host “Crashletes” on Nickelodeon.

Mar 3: Jet fan and ESPN public editor Jim Brady feebly addresses TWWL‘s biased reporting of Framegate.

Mar 3: Open of hearing in New York City on NFL’s appeal against Tom Brady.

– Mar 3: DT Sealver Siliga will not receive an RFA tender ($1,671,000).

– Mar 4: LB Darius Fleming released.

+ Mar 6: OL Cameron Fleming receives ERFA tender: $600,000 base salary.

+ Mar 7: Patriots pick up final $6,000,000 of the $10,000,000 contract option on TE Rob Gronkowski, placing him under contract through 2019.

Mar 7: Former (2005-2013) Patriot LG Logan Mankins retires.

+ Mar 7: CB Justin Coleman receives ERFA tender ($525,000).

+ Mar 7: RFA FB James Develin signs one-year contract.
$675,000 base salary; $50,000 signing bonus; $25,000 workout bonus; $150,000 playing time incentives.
$750,000 cap number and $900,000 maximum value.

+ Mar 8: Pats exercise $400,000 option bonus on DT Alan Branch.

– Mar 8: Patriots will not re-sign UFA ST/S Tavon Wilson.

+ Mar 9: RFA DT LaAdrian Waddle signed to two-year contract.
$250,000 signing bonus with a maximum value of $3,800,000.
2016: $700,000 base salary; $200,000 roster bonus (12.5 per game); $25,000 workout bonus; $700,000 NLTBE playing time incentive bonus; $962,500 salary cap number.
2017: $800,000 base salary; $150,000 roster bonus due 5th day of league year; $200,000 roster bonus (12.5 per game); $25,000 workout bonus; $700,000 NLTBE playing time incentive bonus; $1,062,500 salary cap number.

+ Mar 9: ST/LB Ramon Humber (Saints) signed to two-year contract.
$885,000 base salary; $25,000 signing bonus; $25,000 reporting bonus; $30,000 roster bonus (paid per game).
$676,250 salary cap number (qualifies for minimum salary benefit).

– Mar 9: LB Dane Fletcher released; will retire from NFL.

– Mar 9: ST/S Tavon Wilson signs with Detroit Lions.

– Mar 9: WR Josh Boyce, OT Kevin Hughes, DT Sealver Siliga, LB Jerod Mayo and WR Brian Tyms do not receive qualifying offers from the Patriots, officially making them unrestricted free agents.

Mar 10: RFA WR Chris Hogan (Bills) meets with Patriots.

Mar 10: RFA RB/ST Benny Cunningham (Rams) meets with Patriots.

Mar 10: UFA RB James Starks (Packers) meets with Patriots.

Mar 10: UFA TE Clay Harbor (Jaguars) meets with Patriots.

Mar 10: UFA WR Rod Streater (Raiders) meets with Patriots. [Signs with Chiefs 3/12]

Mar 10: UFA CB/ST Sherrick McManis (Bears) meets with Patriots. [Re-signs with Chicago 3/10]

Mar 10: Former Patriot DT Gary Jeter dies at the age of 61; had seven sacks with Pats in 1989.

+ Mar 11: Patriots sign RFA WR Chris Hogan to a 3-year, $12,000,000 offer sheet.
Buffalo has five days to match deal, which includes a first-year salary cap charge of $5,500,000.

Mar 11: NFL announces compensatory picks for the 2016 draft; the Patriots will get four of those.
Patriots receive a third round pick (number 96 overall) for the loss of CB Darrelle Revis.
The Pats also receive three sixth round picks (numbers 208, 214 and 221) to compensate for the losses of Akeem Ayers, Brandon Browner, Jonathan Casillas, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Vince Wilfork, while only acquiring Jabaal Sheard as an unrestricted free agent from another club.

Mar 11: With the compensatory picks announced, New England’s initial order in the 2016 draft is now set.

2nd round: 60th overall
3rd round: 91st overall
3rd round: 96th overall (compensatory pick, cannot be traded)
4th round: 127th overall
6th round: 196th overall (from Houston)
6th round: 208th overall (compensatory pick, cannot be traded)
6th round: 214th overall (compensatory pick, cannot be traded)
6th round: 221st overall (compensatory pick, cannot be traded)
7th round: 243rd overall (from Houston)
7th round: 250th overall

– The first round pick (29th overall) was stolen by Roger Goodell in the league’s attempt to smear Tom Brady the Patriots, and give the commissioner full power over the players and the NFLPA.
– The fifth round pick (154th overall) was traded to the Houston Texans on September 17, 2015 for WR Keshawn Martin and Houston’s sixth round pick (178th overall).
– The sixth round pick (204th overall) was traded to the Chicago Bears on September 29, 2015 for LB Jon Bostic.
– A seventh round pick (243rd overall) was acquired from the Houston Texans in exchange for QB Ryan Mallett on August 31, 2014.

+ Mar 11: DL Frank Kearse (Washington, Dallas, Carolina) signed to a contract.

+ Mar 11: Buffalo Bills decline to match New England’s offer sheet for WR Chris Hogan; Hogan signs contract with the Patriots.

Mar 12: UFA LB James Laurinaitis (Rams) meets with Patriots.

+ Mar 12: ST/S Nate Ebner re-signs with Patriots.
Two-year contract.

Patriots Release RB Montee Ball Following Arrest

Robert Alvarez
February 10, 2016 at 2:26 pm ET

On Tuesday, the New England Patriots formally announced via the NFL transaction wire that they released former Wisconsin Badger star, running back Montee Ball. The roster move comes just days after the news he was arrested in Madison, Wisconsin this past Friday for a domestic violence incident where he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor battery at a hotel in the city with his girlfriend per an ESPN report. Ball spent the weekend in jail and was released Monday.

Ball never saw playing time with the Patriots but was a member of the practice squad since signing in early December 2015. He last saw starting action with the Denver Broncos in 2013 before being released in 2014.

VIDEO: Newly Signed Patriots DT Featured In “Key and Peele” Sketch

Robert Alvarez
December 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm ET

On Wednesday, The New England Patriots signed free-agent defensive tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen to add depth at the position following the season ending injury to Dominique Easley.

According to a report by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, ” Kitchen was present in the team’s locker room Wednesday and dressing for practice.”

Reiss stated, “Kitchen entered the NFL as an undrafted player with the Ravens in 2012. He was claimed by the Browns on waivers before the start of the 2012 season, and went on to play in 40 regular-season games and totaled 78 tackles for them in three seasons.”

Kitchen also has had a brief run-in with television, as he was featured in a sketch during a Super Bowl themed episode of the Comedy Central sketch comedy show Key & Peele back in January(2:25 mark)

Patriots Claim WR Hankerson and Tackle Waddle off Waivers

Robert Alvarez
at 10:05 pm ET

Following another Sunday that saw two more New England Patriots added to the injured reserve list this week, the team was once again busy on the waiver wire by adding wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Hankerson, according to a Pro Football Talk article by Josh Alper, “was waived off of injured reserve by the Falcons on Tuesday because his hamstring injury healed since he was placed on the list earlier this month. Hankerson had 26 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns in eight games with the Falcons before getting hurt.”

As for Waddle, he “started six games at right tackle for the Lions this season after recovering from the torn ACL that brought his 2014 campaign to an early end.”

To clear roster space for both players, the Patriots officially placed running back LeGarrette Blount on season-ending injured reserve and also waived wide receiver Damaris Johnson.

Patriots Sign RB Montee Ball and WR DeAndre Carter

Robert Alvarez
at 9:01 am ET

Following the news running back LeGarrette Blount was placed on season ending injured reserve with a hip injury, the New England Patriots signed running back Montee Ball and rookie receiver DeAndre Carter.

Both players join the practice squad, with receiver Austin Hill and defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles getting released per a CBS Boston report.

During his 2013 rookie season, Ball played a contributing role in the Denver Broncos Super Bowl run, rushing for 559 yards and four touchdowns. In 2014, he was limited to just five games before a groin injury prematurely ended his season. Ball was later cut during 2015 training camp by the Broncos.

Ball was teammates with current running back James White at The University of Wisconsin.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter went undrafted in 2015 but caught on with the Baltimore Ravens in training camp but was cut in late August before making it onto the Oakland Raiders practice squad most of the 2015 season before being released in early December.

Transaction News and Notes: Patriots Workout Two Rookie Receivers, Waive Trey Williams

Robert Alvarez
December 10, 2015 at 8:15 pm ET

According to a source that was first reported to NESN’s Doug Kyed, The New England Patriots worked out two undrafted rookie wide receivers J.J. Worton and DeAndre Carter on Thursday.

Worton “caught 168 passes in four years at The University Central Florida for 2,360 yards with 21 touchdowns. He also returned 72 punts for 740 yards” as stated in Kyed’s report.

As for DeAndre Carter, Kyed said he “was cut from the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad Dec. 1. He went undrafted out of Sacramento State and signed with the Baltimore Ravens before being waived Aug. 31.”

In four seasons at Sacramento State University, Carter caught 207 passes for 2,760 yards and 37 touchdowns. In his senior season he had 99 receptions for 1,321 yards with 17 touchdown receptions.

The Patriots, who remain thin at wide receiver, continue to seek depth options down the stretch for the remaining four games of the season.

Kyed posted this crazy highlight video of JJ Worton to Twitter making an incredible one handed catch versus Temple University back in 2013. His quarterback was current Jacksonville Jaguars starter, Blake Bortles.

Lastly, after being inactive for this past Sundays game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots have cut running back Trey Williams after just one week with the team.

According to Kyed, the current running back depth chart is now as followed, “The Patriots are left with LeGarrette Blount, James White and Brandon Bolden at running back. They also have fullback Joey Iosefa, who played running back in college at Hawaii, on their practice squad.

Patriots Release Rashaan Melvin and Joseph Fauria

Robert Alvarez
December 9, 2015 at 9:08 am ET

As first reported by NESN’s Doug Kyed, the New England Patriots released cornerback Rashaan Melvin and tight end Joseph Fauria.

Melvin was the third cornerback on the Patriots depth chart and according to Kyed, “played just 67 total defensive snaps for the Patriots in eight games” after moving up a spot following the hand injury to rookie Justin Coleman.

Meanwhile, it appears the Fauria Patriots family connection was short lived as Joseph Fauria, the nephew of former Patriots tight end Christian (2002-2005) had his practice squad contract terminated.

The waive of Melvin and termination of Fauria opens up one spot on the 53-Man active roster and practice squad and leaves the Patriots with only three cornerbacks on the roster. (Butler, Ryan and Coleman)

UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Coleman return appears close.

Patriots Obtain Running Back Depth In Trey Williams, Make Three Other Moves.

Robert Alvarez
December 2, 2015 at 7:28 am ET

As reported by NESN’s Doug Kyed, The New England Patriots on Tuesday made four roster moves, most notably adding depth to the 53-man roster by claiming former Dallas Cowboys running back Trey Williams off waivers and signing free agent wide receiver Demaris Johnson.

Williams was first signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins this past off season but only saw action in the preseason so far in 2015. According to Kyed, in his college career at Texas A&M, “Williams had 204 carries for 1,343 yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons with the  Aggies. He also had 38 receptions for 330 yards with one touchdown. He also could contribute on special teams for New England, as he had 70 kick returns for 1,684 yards at Texas A&M.”

The Patriots have had a void at running back since Dion Lewis was lost for the season with a torn ACL in early November and Williams could provide a boost to a running game that has struggled in recent weeks.

The New England Patriots also confirmed they had signed free agent wide receiver Demaris Johnson who according to Kyed, “spent the 2014 season as the Houston Texans’ slot receiver, catching 31 passes for 331 yards with one touchdown. He also had five carries for 19 yards, six kick returns for 136 yards and nine punt returns for 54 yards while playing under former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.”

Lastly, the Patriots placed rookie defensive end Trey Flowers on injured reserve to make room for Williams while he was also dealing with nagging knee and shoulder injuries. Flowers was inactive for 10 of 11 games this season but saw action versus the New York Jets back on October 25th.

In addition to the three roster moves, the Patriots signed rookie receiver Austin Hill to the practice squad and worked out veteran defensive back Zack Bowman according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

 

Patriots Sign Tight End Joseph Fauria To Practice Squad

Robert Alvarez
November 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm ET

As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates Wednesday morning, the New England Patriots have signed Joseph Fauria to the teams practice squad.

Fauria was most recently cut by the Arizona Cardinals back in October, but saw most of success with the Detroit Lions from 2013-2014 where he recorded 24 receptions for 281 yards with eight touchdowns in 23 career games according to NFL.com statistics.

According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, prior to the signing, “The Patriots have tight ends Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler and Michael Williams on their active roster and Asante Cleveland on their practice squad. Cleveland has won Patriots practice player of the week honors five times this season. The Patriots had an open spot on their practice squad when they promoted Chris Harper to the 53-man roster.”

The last name might sound familar to Patriots fans, as Joseph is the nephew of former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, who was a member of the team from 2002-2005, winning two Super Bowl rings.

When asked about the signing of Fauria, Head Coach Bill Belichick shared these two funny quotes during his Wednesday morning press conference, courtesy of ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Transaction News: Patriots Re-Sign Ventrone to Practice Squad, Add Three Safeties

Robert Alvarez
October 29, 2015 at 7:27 am ET

The New England Patriots on Tuesday afternoon re-signed special teamer/safety Ross Ventrone to their remaining opening on the teams 10-man practice squad.

As first reported in a tweet by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, the signing is a homecoming of sorts for Ventrone as he is reunited with his older brother Ray, who is the assistant special teams coach for the Patriots.

The real story with Ventrone is he no stranger to the Patriots system, from 2010-2012 he went between the practice squad and active roster 29 times and was promoted to the 53-man roster five additional times. Over the course of those three seasons, Ventrone was signed to the practice squad a total 13 times, while released 11.

Here is a brief comical report by ESPN on all of Ventrones comings and goings back before the 2011 AFC Championship.

From 2013-2014, Ventrone was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization who released him earlier this season to help clear a roster spot for wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who came back from serving a four-game suspension.

In other transaction news, The Patriots also signed safety Floyd Raven to the practice squad and claimed safety Dewey McDonald of off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts.

The resulting moves meant Rufus Johnson was placed on the Non-Football Injury List (Illness) and the team released practice squad cornerback Brandon Dixon. Currently, the Patriots now have ten safeties on the active roster.