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Patriots sign seven to future contracts

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  January 18, 2011 11:25 AM

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The Patriots signed seven players to future contracts today.

TE Carson Butler, QB Jonathan Crompton, WR Buddy Farnham, DL Marlon Favorite, WR Darnell Jenkins, CB Thad Turner, and DB Ross Ventrone all were signed to future contracts. The seven were members of the Patriots practice squad.

Here are details on each player courtesy of the Patriots release:

Butler, 6-4, 260 pounds, was signed by the Patriots on August 2, 2010, and was waived on Sept. 4. He was signed to the New England practice squad on Sept. 21. Butler was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as a rookie free agent out of Michigan in 2009. He was waived by Green Bay in late July and signed by the Detroit Lions in early August. After being waived by Detroit prior to the start of the 2009 regular season, he spent parts of the year on the practice squads of San Francisco and Cincinnati. Butler signed with the New York Giants in January of 2010 but was waived in June.

Crompton, 6-3, 222 pounds, was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft out of Tennessee. He was waived by San Diego on Sept. 4. Crompton was signed to the San Diego practice squad on Sept. 5 but was waived from the squad on Sept. 7. He was signed to the New England practice squad on Nov. 3.

Farnham, 6-0, 185 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Brown on May 3, 2010, and was released on Aug. 9 before being re-signed on Aug. 15. He was released on the final cut-down on Sept. 4. Farnham was signed to the New England practice squad on Dec. 29.

Favorite, 6-1, 317 pounds, joined the New England practice squad on Jan. 4. He spent his rookie season in 2009 on the practice squads of St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, and New Orleans after originally joining the NFL as a rookie free agent with Carolina in 2009 out of Louisiana State. Favorite spent time with Buffalo in the 2010 offseason and then went to training camp with Indianapolis before being released prior to the start of the regular season.

Jenkins, 5-10, 191 pounds, was originally signed by Houston as a rookie free agent out of Miami in 2008. He spent the majority of his rookie season on the Houston practice squad before being signed to the active roster for the final two games of the season. Jenkins was waived by Houston following training camp in 2009 and spent time on the practice squads of both Houston and Cleveland before joining the New England practice squad. Jenkins went to training camp with the Patriots in 2010 before joining the practice squad again in 2010.

Turner, 5-11, 188 pounds, was originally signed by Indianapolis as a rookie free agent out of Ohio on April 30, 2010. He was waived by the Colts on Aug, 12, 2010, and signed to the New England practice squad on Nov. 10.

Ventrone, 5-8, 190 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 4 and then signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19.

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