Pats sign five to future contracts

The Patriots signed five players to reserve/future contracts on Monday, per the NFL's official transaction wire. All five players finished the season on the team's practice squad: fullback James Develin, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, wide receiver Andre Holmes, defensive lineman Tracy Robertson and linebacker Jeff Tarpinian.

The contract for each of those players expired at the end of the season, and the reserve/future deal means they will be a part of the offseason roster and can attend workouts, mini-camps and OTAs and will likely be with the team entering training camp.

Develin and Tarpinian each spent time on the 53-man roster during 2012, while Ebert was a seventh-round draft choice of the team in 2012. Both Holmes and Roberston were recently added to the practice squad, and each will have a chance to develop in the system in 2013.

Earlier this month, the team signed quarterback Mike Kafka and defensive end Marcus Benard to future contracts.