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Wide Receiver Brian Tyms Re-Signs with Patriots

Brian Tyms has agreed to terms with the Patriots. (NFL Game Rewind)

Brian Tyms has agreed to terms with the Patriots. (NFL Game Rewind)

The New England Patriots tendered three exclusive-rights free agents on Tuesday, but Brian Tyms was not one of them.

The organization re-signed the wide receiver on Wednesday, however, according to the NFL transaction wire.

The 26-year-old Tyms caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown over 11 games for the Patriots last season, after joining the 90-man roster for training camp.

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Report: Patriots to Re-Sign Special-Teamer Chris White

Chris White has manned New England's special-teams units since 2013. (NFL Game Rewind)

Chris White has manned New England’s special-teams units since 2013. (NFL Game Rewind)

The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with free-agent linebacker Chris White, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.

White, 26, has appeared in 29 games for the Patriots since being acquired off waivers from the Detroit Lions in September of 2013.

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Patriots Tender Three Exclusive-Rights Free Agents

The Patriots will bring back defensive tackle Sealver Siliga. (NFL Game Rewind)

The Patriots will bring back defensive tackle Sealver Siliga. (NFL Game Rewind)

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.

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Report: James Develin Signs Exclusive-Rights Tender

The Patriots have tendered fullback James Develin. (NFL Game Rewind)

The Patriots have tendered exclusive-rights free agent James Develin. (NFL Game Rewind)

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, fullback James Develin has signed his exclusive-rights tender and will return to the New England Patriots.

Develin, 26, is the first of New England’s five exclusive-rights free agents to reportedly sign his one-year pact with the organization. The former Brown defensive end first joined the Patriots on the practice squad in 2012, after stops with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, Florida Tuskers and Cincinnati Bengals.

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Devin McCourty Returns to Patriots on Five-Year Pact

Devin McCourty is slated to return to the Patriots on a five-year deal. (NFL Game Rewind)

Devin McCourty is slated to return to the Patriots on a five-year deal. (NFL Game Rewind)

Devin McCourty’s trip to unrestricted free agency ended two days before it began.

That reality arrived Sunday night when Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported the top available free safety had agreed to a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the New England Patriots.

McCourty, a Patriots first-round pick in 2010, tested the waters but turned down more money elsewhere, noted Rapoport. And in turn, he will now become the second-highest paid safety in the NFL behind only Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks.

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Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski Signs Franchise Tender

Stephen Gostkowski's franchise tag has become official. (NFL Game Rewind)

Stephen Gostkowski signed his one-year tender on Friday. (NFL Game Rewind)

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski signed his one-year, $4.59 million tender with the New England Patriots Friday, according the NFL transaction wire, after being franchise-tagged earlier in the week.

ESPN’s Field Yates was first to report.

The 31-year-old Gostkowski went 35-of-37 on his field-goal attempts for New England last season, earning Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors.

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Patriots Re-Sign Long Snapper Tyler Ott

Tyler Ott signed with Patriots as an undrafted rookie in 2014. (Oliver Thomas)

Tyler Ott spent camp with the Patriots as an undrafted rookie in 2014. (Oliver Thomas)

With incumbent long snapper Danny Aiken scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, the New England Patriots added insurance to the position by re-signing Harvard’s Tyler Ott on Wednesday, according to the league wire.

Ott was recruited by the Crimson as a tight end, and served as a backup blocker and special-teamer as a freshman in 2010. His duties expanded to include long snapper as a sophomore in 2011, and the 6-foot-3, 255-pound specialist retained that role for three seasons while also catching 16 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns on offense.

After being invited to the Senior Bowl last January, Ott went undrafted and signed with New England in May.

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Patriots Promote Defensive Tackle Joe Vellano to 53-Man Roster, Release Tight End Steve Maneri

The Patriots added Joe Vellano to the active roster Saturday. (NFL Game Rewind)

The Patriots added Joe Vellano to the active roster on Saturday. (NFL Game Rewind)

The New England Patriots added defensive line help to the 53-man roster Saturday evening, announcing the promotion of second-year pro Joe Vellano from the practice squad and the release of tight end Steve Maneri.

The moves come on the eve of the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Patriots Sign Patrick Chung, Brandon Bolden to Contract Extensions

The Patriots have signed safety Patrick Chung and core special-teamer Brandon Bolden to extensions. (NFL Game Rewind)

The Patriots have signed safety Patrick Chung and core special-teamer Brandon Bolden to extensions. (NFL Game Rewind)

Patrick Chung and Brandon Bolden appeared to be on the roster bubble in August, but the New England Patriots safety and running back do not appear to be going anywhere now.

As Field Yates of ESPN first reported Friday morning, the team has signed Chung to a three-year extension through 2017 worth up to $8.2 million with $3.4 million guaranteed.

Bolden has also signed a two-year, $2.32 million extension through 2016, according to Yates.

Both were impending free agents on a 53-man Patriots roster consisting of 17, with Chung unrestricted and Bolden restricted. And both have illustrated their value to the Patriots over the course of the regular season. Continue reading

Patriots Sign Running Back Dion Lewis, Two Defensive Frontmen to Reserve-Future Contracts

The New England Patriots signed three players to reserve-future contracts on Wednesday.

Running back Dion Lewis, defensive tackle Antonio Johnson and outside linebacker Rufus Johnson have all agreed to deals for the Patriots’ 2015 season, according to the NFL transaction wire. Continue reading

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