The New England Patriots tendered three of five exclusive-rights free agents Tuesday, signaling the return of fullback James Develin, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and linebacker James Morris.
The contracts of wide receivers Brian Tyms and Greg Orton were not tendered, according to the NFL transaction wire, meaning both are now unrestricted free agents.
Develin, 26, has played in 33 regular-season games for the Patriots since being elevated to from the practice squad late in 2012. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound fullback has contributed on special teams, in addition to serving as a lead blocker and tight end offensively. The former Brown defensive end carried the ball three times and caught the ball five times this past season, tacking on a touchdown in the postseason.
Siliga, 24, originally joined the New England’s practice squad in 2013, before going on to start nine regular-season games for the team. The 6-foot-2, 325-pound defensive tackle has notched 55 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble over parts of two campaigns with the Patriots. His return bolsters the depth of the interior line, with Vince Wilfork’s future to be determined.
Morris, 23, signed with the Patriots as an undrafted rookie out of Iowa in May of 2014. He was released with a failed-physical designation four days later, but re-signed in August. Morris went on to appear in a pair of preseason games for New England, before being placed on injured reserve as the roster was trimmed to 53 players.
The 28-year-old was waived-injured by New England in July due a torn Achilles. And the transaction opened a roster spot for a fellow wideout in the 26-year-old Tyms, who went on to secure a place on the active roster after serving a four-game suspension, playing in 11 games and catching five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.