Patriots contract details for Ellis, Light, Carter


Patriots contract details for Ellis, Light, Carter Staff Follow @csnnewengland
Robert Kraft said the reason the Patriots have been able to go on a relative shopping spree this preseason is because they planned for this very scenerio before the lockout hit.

The Pats front office must have done a lion's share of planning because between re-signing Logan Mankins and signing newly acquired Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco, they've been quite busy.

Here's the contract breakdown on a few more notable Patriots:

Shaun Ellis got a 1-year 4 million dollar deal that's parceled up into a few pieces, according to ESPN. He got a 1.5 million base salary, a 750,000 signing bonus and a 1.75 million roster bonus.

Matt Light got a two-year deal that's worth 12 million, the Associated Press reported. He got a 6 million signing bonus, and 1 million in base salary for 2011. In 2012 he'll have a 3.4 million base salary and get a 100,000 workout bonus.

ESPN also reported that Andre Carter received a one-year deal with a base salary of 1.75 million and a 500,000 signing bonus.

Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad


Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad. 

Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards. 

With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.

With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.

Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday


Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had both of their qurterbacks on the field and suited up for Tuesday's shells-and-sweats practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. 

Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are dealing with injuries, but both were present for the session, as were the rest of their teammates on the 53-man roster. 

Brissett was spotted in the Patriots locker room before practice with no brace or wrap of any kind on his thumb, but he did have his right thumb taped when out on the field. 

Patriots tight end AJ Derby was the lone player in a black practice jersey, indicating that he has been named practice player of the week. Running low on quarterbacks, Derby may have served as the scout-team quarterback as the Patriots defense prepared for the Texans. He played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions.

The Patriots have four practices scheduled this week, and the team will release injury reports, as usual, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.