According to Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston, the New England Patriots have agreed to terms with tight end Garrett Mills and have released safety Bret Lockett and offensive lineman Zach Roth.
Mills was originally drafted by the Patriots in 2006 as a fourth-round pick and spent two seasons with the Patriots. After hardly playing at all his first year, the Mills was waived by the Patriots in hopes that they could add him to their practice squad. He instead was claimed by the Vikings, and has spent the last three seasons up in Minnesota. Mills was with the Bengals this season before they released him.
Lockett’s release comes as no surprise after the Patriots’ singing of free agent safety James Ihedigbo. Lockett’s chances of making the team were also hurt after he suffered a season-threatening thigh injury in Thursday’s preseason win over Tampa Bay.
The release of the UDFA Roth comes to no surprise as well with roster deadlines approaching. The young tackle from TCU was considered a long shot to make the team from the beginning.