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Patriots Sign DT Joe Vellano to a Reserve/Future Contract

New England keeps adding players to its roster.

Baltimore Sun

The New England Patriots keep working on their offseason roster. After already signing seven of nine 2015 practice squad players as well as linebacker James Vaughters to reserve/future contracts, the team has added another player to that list.

According to his agent Sean Stellato, the Patriots have signed defensive tackle Joe Vellano to a future's deal (via Karen Guregian):

Pats sign DL Joe Vellano to futures deal, per agent Sean Stellato

The 27-year old Vellano was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Patriots following the 2013 NFL Draft. The former Maryland Terrapin spent his entire rookie season on New England's active roster, starting eight games and registering two sacks. The 2014 season was less successful for Vellano (despite eventually winning Super Bowl XLIX) as he appeared in only six games.

After his release as part of roster cut downs in August 2015, Vellano was signed to New England's practice squad, off which he was released by the end of September. Three months later, the defensive tackle was added to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad but was not signed to a future contract after the team's season ended.

Now, Vellano is back in Foxboro.