Seventh-round draft pick DB Alfonzo Dennard and the Patriots have agreed to a four-year deal.
The news was first reported by Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.
Dennard has been in the news recently as he is now dealing with the after-effects of allegedly punched a police officer in the face just days before the draft. Yesterday he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will be arraigned on May 30 in Lancaster County, Neb. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Dennard was a first-team All-Big Ten cornerback as a senior at Nebraska. He was expected to be taken significantly higher in the draft before his arrest.
Dennard is the third Patriots draft pick to sign, joining DB Tavon Wilson (second round) and WR Jeremy Ebert (seventh round).
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.