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Patriots announce more futures contracts

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  January 24, 2013 11:29 AM

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The Patriots have announced the signing of seven players to futures contracts.

Five of the players we already knew of - RB James Develin, WR Jeremy Ebert, WR Andre Holmes, DL Tracy Robertson and LB Jeff Tarpinian.

Today two more were added to that list: QB Mike Kafka and DE Marcus Benard.

Kafka was a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011, playing in four games as a rookie. But the 6-foot-3 Northwestern product was cut out of camp by Philadelphia last year and spent 2012 out of football.

Benard spent three seasons with the Browns after signing with Cleveland in 2009; he started that season on practice squad but played in six games and had 3.5 sacks. In 2010, Benard played in 15 games and tallied 7.5 sacks. Injuries limited him in 2011 and he was also injured last year in training camp.

Develin, Ebert, Holmes, Kafka, Robertson and Tarpinian signed two-year deals; Benard's deal is only for 2013.

Also, the contract for Armond Armstead is in, and it is a three-year deal totaling $1.485 million. Armstead received basically the same contract from the Patriots as Justin Francis did last year, when he was signed as an undrafted player.

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