The New England Patriots signed nine players to future contracts on Thursday, according to the NFL transaction wire.
The list includes quarterback Garrett Gilbert, wide receiver Jonathan Krause, offensive tackle Caylin Hauptmann, guard Chris Barker, defensive end Jake Bequette, linebackers Deontae Skinner and Eric Martin, as well as cornerbacks Daxton Swanson and Justin Green.
All nine finished the team’s Super Bowl-winning season as members of the practice squad. They are now joined by halfback Dion Lewis, defensive lineman Antonio Johnson and linebacker Rufus Johnson, who previously signed reserve-futures contracts on New Year’s Eve.
Gilbert, 23, was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round of 2014 NFL draft after finishing his collegiate career at Southern Methodist. The 6-foot-4, 221-pound quarterback was waived during August’s final cuts before signing to the Rams’ practice squad. The rookie was released by St. Louis in October and later signed onto New England’s practice squad in December.
Krause, 23, signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent last May after playing alongside Philadelphia Eagles second-round pick Jordan Matthews at Vanderbilt. Krause was released by Cleveland in August and signed to New England’s practice squad in October. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound receiver was released by the Patriots that same month before re-signing in November.
Hauptmann, 23, signed with the Browns in 2013 as a rookie free agent by way of Florida International. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound tackle proceeded to spent the rest of his rookie season on the Seattle Seahawks’ 53-man roster, but he did not appear in a game. Hauptmann was waived by Seattle this past August and was reclaimed by Cleveland. From there, he was waived by the Browns in September before joining the Patriots’ practice squad.
Barker, 24, was first awarded to New England off waivers from the Miami Dolphins in September of 2013. The undrafted Nevada product proceeded to play in four games as a reserve during his rookie season, then played in one game with the team in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound guard began his second NFL campaign on the Patriots’ practice squad before being signed to the active roster in late October. And after appearing on special teams against the New York Jets in Week 7, Barker was waived and re-signed to the practice squad later in October.
Bequette, 25, was selected by the Patriots with the 90th overall in the 2012 NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Arkansas defensive end went on to play in three games as a rookie and five games as a second-year pro in 2013. He was waived in August during the final cuts and returned to New England on the practice squad, where he spent the duration of the season.
Skinner, 24, arrived in Foxborough as an undrafted Mississippi State Bulldog in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound inside linebacker was released by the Patriots during the 75-man roster cut, yet returned on the practice squad one week later. Skinner was elevated to the team’s active roster two weeks into September and played in a total of seven games, recording one start, 10 tackles and one sack. Skinner was waived in late October and re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers. He was released from the practice squad in November before returning in December to finish out the season.
Martin, 23, first signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Nebraska Cornhusker was waived by New Orleans in August of 2013 and claimed by the Cleveland Browns. The linebacker went on to play in 29 games with the Browns, netting one start and 14 tackles before being released by the team in December. He joined New England’s practice squad one week later.
Swanson, 23, spent his undrafted rookie season of 2013 between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers, before initially signing with the Patriots in May. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Sam Houston State cornerback was signed to New England’s practice squad in September. He has since had three additional stints on the 10-man roster.
Green, 23, first signed with New England as an undrafted free agent via Illinois in July of 2013. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback spent most of his rookie season on the team’s practice squad, appearing in two regular-season games. But as Green entered his second year with the team, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for defensive lineman Ben Bass. The Cowboys waived green at the start of September. He signed back onto the Patriots’ practice squad in early December.