Patriots sign TE Mills; release S Lockett, OL Roth

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Patriots sign TE Mills; release S Lockett, OL Roth

The Patriots announced that they signed tight end Garrett Mills on Sunday. Terms of the contract were not announced.

In addition, the Patriots released safety Bret Lockett and rookie free agent offensive lineman Zach Roth.

For Mills, this is a homecoming of sorts. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the Patriots in the 2006 out of Tulsa and spent the majority of his rookie season with New England on the injured reserve list.

Mills has since spent time with the Vikings (2007-09), Eagles (2010) and Bengals (2010).

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound tight end played in seven games with three starts last season with Philadelphia and registered two receptions for 19 yards. He was released by the Eagles on Dec. 21 and claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, where he finished the season. He was waived by Cincinnati last week.

Lockett was carted off the field on Thursday in Tampa Bay with a thigh injury. It was reported by NESN.com that he injured a groinabdominal muscle and was likely done for the season.

Roth was a rookie free agent from Texas Christian University who signed with the Patriots just over a week ago.

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Martellus Bennett is as good at Twitter as he is at football. Add to that the fact that all eyes are on whether the free agent will stay in New England and the @MartysaurusRex account becomes a must-follow. 

On Wednesday, Bennett put his powers to good use and shared a glimpse into his line of thinking regarding free agency.

Bennett, who could very well leave the Pats for more money, responded to a criticism of his desire to get paid and followed it with several more musings. 

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida. 

Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility. 

Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.