FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots announced the signing of offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton and cornerback DeAngelo Willingham today. To make room on the 80-man roster, the team released receiver Buddy Farnham and defensive lineman Adrian Grady.
Farnham, who grew up in Andover, Mass., and played at Brown University, was battling longshot odds to earn a roster spot.
Stapleton is an interior offensive lineman, and that's a spot where the Patriots are thin as starting left guard Logan Mankins did not report to camp in a contract dispute and his replacement Nick Kaczur is out with a back injury. Stapleton (6-3, 305) entered the league in 2007 as a rookie free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He made 15 starts at right guard in 2008 (including playoffs and Super Bowl XLIII). He injured his knee last preseason and did not play in 2009.
Willingham gives the Patriots another layer of depth at cornerback, as starter Leigh Bodden and rookie free agent Terrence Johnson have been sidelined and probably won't play in the preseason opener. Willingham (6-0, 200) spent two weeks on the Patriots' practice squad in 2009.