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Patriots retain seven on futures contracts, including Obi Melifonwu

New England’s futures pacts take into effect at the start of the 2020 league year.

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Seven members of the 2019 New England Patriots practice squad agreed to 2020 terms on Monday.

New England announced the signings of wide receivers Devin Ross and Quincy Adeboyejo, guard Najee Toran, defensive tackle Nick Thurman, linebacker Terez Hall, and safeties Adarius Pickett and Obi Melifonwu to reserve-futures contracts.

Of the seven, all but Melifonwu finished New England’s campaign on the active scout team.

Selected in the second round of the 2017 draft by the Oakland Raiders, Melifonwu appeared in two games for the Patriots during the 2018 regular season. A Connecticut product and native of Grafton, Mass., Melifonwu began this fall on New England’s 53-man roster and was placed on the practice squad’s injured list in Week 11.

New England’s futures pacts take into effect at the start of the league year in March.

Ross and Adeboyejo joined the receiving depth chart in October and November, respectively. Ross made stops with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles after going undrafted out of Colorado in 2018, while Adeboyejo had spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets since entering the league as a rookie free agent out of Ole Miss in 2017.

Toran, Thurman and Hall all resided on New England’s practice squad dating back its formation on Labor Day weekend.

Toran, a UCLA Bruin, accrued 2018 between the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad and active roster. And on the defensive line, Thurman, a Houston Cougar, went from the Houston Texans to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before landing in New England last May.

At that time, the Patriots signed Hall as part of its 2019 undrafted class. The former Missouri linebacker and captain went on to see four preseason games through August, recording 13 tackles, a half-sack and one pass deflection.

The latest arrival is Pickett, who spent the spring and summer with the Los Angeles Chargers before joining the Patriots’ practice squad in December. The first-year defensive back via UCLA notched 17 tackles and an interception during his preseason audition with Los Angeles.

The Patriots entered the AFC wild-card round with an active practice squad of eight.

Defensive ends Eric Lee and Tashawn Bower were not among the transactions announced by New England on Monday.