As the Patriots prepare for their playoff opener against the Jets, the team's front office is also looking ahead. Along those lines, the team signed receiver Jonathan Smith to a reserve/future contract this week.
That means Smith will be part of the Patriots' roster when the 2007 league year begins.
Smith, a 2004 seventh-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills, was claimed off waivers by the Patriots prior to this year's season opener. He was then waived before the first game, before being re-signed. The Georgia Tech product suited up in two games for the Patriots (no catches) before being waived Oct. 2.