In addition to signing restricted free agent Malcolm Butler, the Patriots also announced the signing of exclusive rights free agent tight end Matt Lengel and release of offensive lineman Tre’ Jackson.
Lengel played in six regular season games for the Patriots in 2016. He recorded two receptions, including a touchdown on his first NFL reception. He played in all three postseason games, including the Patriots’ Super LI victory.
Jackson was drafted by the Patriots with the 111th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent the 2016 season on the Reserve/PUP list after playing in 13 games in 2015.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
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Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.