More on the four players signed to future contracts by the Patriots today. The players, all longshots to make the 2006 roster, will join the team when rosters expand to 80 next month.
Quarterback Todd Mortensen
The 26-year-old played for San Diego State University and attended 2005 training camp with the Lions after signing as a rookie free agent. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Mortensen was released by the Lions Sept. 3. He didn’t play for Detroit in the preseason and wasn’t with a team this year.
Wide receiver John Stone
Also 26 years old, Stone (5-11, 180 pounds) played for the Oakland Raiders in 2003-2004, suiting up for five games and catching three passes for 80 yards. He played in college at Wake Forest and was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Colts. He was with the Raiders this year, before being placed on injured reserve Aug. 30. Oakland released Stone on Sept. 25.
Running back Earl Charles
The 23-year-old Charles, originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in April of 2005, spent a few months with the team before being released on July 23. He is 6-1, 215 pounds and will be one of the Patriots’ NFL Europe allocations this year. He played in college at Marshall.
Wide receiver Rich Musinski
The 25-year-old Musinski had a brief stint with the Patriots in 2005 training camp, signing July 28 before his release on Aug. 3. Musinski, who played in college at William and Mary, is 5-foot-11, 199 pounds. He was originally signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2004. The Patriots will allocate Musinski to NFL Europe this year.