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Patriots bring back TE Garrett Mills, release Lockett and Roth

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  August 21, 2011 05:17 PM

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Tight end Garrett Mills is back with the Patriots.This afternoon, the Patriots announced they have signed Mills and waived safety Bret Lockett and offensive lineman Zach Roth.

The Patriots originally drafted Mills in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Tulsa. Mills spent much of his rookie season on injured reserve with hip and thigh injuries. Prior to the start of the 2007 season, Mills was waived by the Patriot, but the team hoped he would clear waiver and be added to their practice squad.

But then-Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress claimed Mills. The Patriots followed by claiming Vikings linebacker David Herron off of waivers.

Mills was with the Vikings for three seasons before he was released in 2010. He was signed by Philadelphia and eventually released. Cincinnati claimed Mills off of waivers, where he finished the 2010 season but was cut last week.

Mills has nine receptions for 110 yards in 16 games in his career.

Lockett, who was carted off the field against Tampa Bay with a groin injury last week, was released. However, this may be a part of the process to place Lockett, who is in his third NFL season, on injured reserve.

Lockett spent all of last season in IR with a chest injury.

Roth was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 13 as a rookie free agent out of Texas Christian University.

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