Patriots Sign Cameron Fleming (NESN)
Stanford's Cameron Fleming officially signed a four-year, $2.52-million contract with the Patriots on Friday. The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson was the first to report the news. Fleming will also receive a $300,584 signing bonus.
The tackle was selected as the 140th overall draft pick by the Patriots last weekend. Fleming started 38 games as right tackle during his time at Stanford and will mostly likely be placed in a backup role to starter Sebastian Vollmer.
Patriots Pick Up Four More Free Agents (NESN)
The Patriots continue to add to their 90-man roster picking up undrafted free agents Jeremy Deering, James Morris and Tyler Ott along with veteran Darius Fleming on Friday according to the NFL transaction wire.
Rutger's Jeremy Deering was used as a wide receiver, safety, special teams and wildcat quarterback during his time with the Knights. The safety recorded 151 offensive touches with three touchdowns and 993 yards, 41 kick returns resulting in a touchdown and 1,100 yards and 39 tackles along with an interception in his college career.
Morris, a linebacker from Iowa, had 106 tackles including seven sacks, four interceptions and 17 tackles for loss last season.
6-foot-2, 252 pound longer snapper Tyler Ott spent four years at Harvard and ran a 4.82 forty-yard dash during his Pro Day in March.
Fleming was a fifth-round pick in 2012 by the 49ers however has yet to play an NFL game. In May 2012, the linebacker tore his right ACL in his rookie mini-camp and then tore his left ACL during training camp in July 2013. During his time with Notre Dame, Fleming recorded 157 tackles, 14.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss.
Patriots Release Two Rookies (ESPN)
New England released tight end Tyler Beck and long snapper Charley Hughlett on Thursday.
Beck, a rookie out of Bowling Green, was released only four days after signing a contract including a $1,500 signing bonus. Rob Gronkowski, Micheal Hoomanawanui, D.J. Williams along with rookies Justin Jones and Asa Watson currently make up the Patriots depth chart.
Hughlett, who was competing for the long snapper spot against Danny Aiken, has since been replaced by Harvard's Tyler Ott.
Hernandez's Contract May Prevent Patriots from Getting Money Back (ProFootballTalk)
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is facing a second murder charge for an double homicide that happened in 2012, before he signed the five-year, $40 million dollar contract extension in August 2012. The contract included a $12.5 million signing bonus which could mean extra salary-cap space for the Patriots if they are able to recover some of their money back.
The problem that arises for the team is that they cut him shortly after the death of Odin Lloyd.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, if New England would have "kept Hernandez during an inevitable league-imposed suspension, the Patriots eventually could have recovered $10 million in signing bonus money at the rate of $2.5 million per year from 2014 through 2017. By cutting him, the Patriots arguably have waived the ability to claim that Hernandez has forfeited any of his signing bonus money."
If the Patriots instead had retained Hernandez's rights, just as the Falcons did in 2007 when Micheal Vick was jailed for dog-fighting, the money would be a lot easier to recoup. By keeping Vick on the roster, the Falcons were able to recover a significant amount of Vick's signing bonus.
Hernandez filed a legal grieving in October for the full amount of his guaranteed money as well the final payment of his signing bonus.
Hawkins Ready to Learn (Boston Globe)
Travis Hawkins, one of the newest additions to the Patriots, shared his eagerness to learn from fellow teammates including cornerback Darelle Revis.
"Revis is someone I admired coming up, so it's crazy seeing him in the locker room, but I'm going to learn from everybody…Everyone has their little techniques here and there I want to pick up all the good ones," Hawkins explained.
The 5-foot-9, 192 pound cornerback signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in May. He spent three years playing for Delaware, transferring from Maryland after his freshman season. Hawkins had 66 tackles with four interceptions last season but may prove to be beneficial for the Patriots in a special team's role as well. In 2013, Hawkins recorded nine kick returns for 247 yards along with a touchdown, averaging 25.6 yards per return in his college career.
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