Hix, 23, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Texas on July 27, 2011. Hix missed the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury which he sustained in the preseason a little over a week after he was signed. Hix spent the 2011 season on the Patriots' injured reserve list.
Hix was able to practice early in New England's camp before suffering a shoulder injury on Aug. 5. He ended up missing nine practices before the Patriots released him.
Here's a look at the Patriots' current depth chart at tackle, according to Mike Reiss: