The Patriots have signed defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White, according to Field Yates of ESPN Boston. White, who played college football at Michigan State, went undrafted in April. The signing brings the roster to 90 players.
The Patriots also reportedly agreed to terms with John Drew earlier on Monday, according to ESPN Boston, but a deal was not finalized. New England would have to cut a player to make room for Drew after the signing of White.
Drew is also a defensive tackle. In 2010, he plead guilty to possessing a firearm on educational property and carrying a concealed weapon.
A 6-foot-2, 333-pound lineman, Drew started his college career at Duke, but was arrested for his involvement in the firing of a gun on campus. He and two other teammates were then kicked off the team by Duke coach David Cutcliffe.
Drew transferred to North Caroline Central University and played well in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In eight games for the NCCU Eagles last season, he had 18 tackles and two blocked kicks. He played 10 games as a junior in 2011 and six as a sophomore.
The Patriots have had to deal with several off-the-field issues this offseason, most notably the fall out that's stemmed from the investigation into Odin Lloyd's murder which has centered around Hernandez. Patriots' cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, was arrested for suspicion of DUI on July 11.
Drew, a Columbus, Ga., native, worked out for the Patriots earlier in the offseason. He did not participate in any pro days or college all-star games because of a turf toe injury he sustained.