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Patriots sign two players to future contracts

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  January 19, 2011 08:08 PM

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The Patriots signed offensive lineman Thomas Austin and tackle Steve Maneri to future contracts today.

Both were on the practice squad and join the other batch of practice squad players signed earlier in the week to the offseason roster.

Here is information on both players courtesy of the Patriots:

Austin, 6-4, 310 pounds, was originally signed by Minnesota as a rookie free agent on April 24, 2010 out of Clemson. He was waived by Minnesota on Sept. 4 and joined the New England practice squad on Sept. 29.

Maneri, 6-6, 290 pounds, spent the first three weeks of the 2010 season on the 53-man roster of New England after being claimed off waivers from Houston on Sept. 5, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 27 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 29. Maneri originally signed with Houston as a rookie free agent on May 7, 2010 out of Temple. Maneri was inactive for the first three games of the season for the Patriots.

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