Jeff Shoate joined the Patriots as a free agent on August 9, 2008. The veteran cornerback was caught up in a roster battle at one of the team's more competitive spots. New England signed three free agent cornerbacks adding two more via the Draft.
Steve Fifita was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on May 5, 2008. The run stuffing nose tackle played for the Dolphins in 2007 participating in 13 games for Miami. Fifita was competing with Mike Wright, for the right to backup Vince Wilfork in the middle of the Patriots defense.
Jimmy Martin was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on February 5, 2008. Originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, Martin has been on and off the Patriots practice squad.
Jonathan Stupar was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 2, 2008. The former Virginia product is eligible to return as a member of a team's practice squad.
Rosters must be reduced to the maximum of 53 by the close of business Saturday. (4:00p.m.)