FOXBORO, Mass. — Safety Ross Ventrone has done a good job keeping a level head during his stint with the Patriots.
Ventrone, who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, has been released from the team six times. The good thing, though, is that they've signed him seven times.
The most recent case came this week. He was released from the active roster Monday and then re-signed to the active roster Wednesday, which seemed like a roster move for old time's sake. Typically, Ventrone just goes from the practice squad to the active roster, or vice versa.
At the very least, head coach Bill Belichick has told Ventrone that the intention is to retain him once he clears waivers, so it's not as nerve-wracking of a process.
"I know how things work here and everything," Ventrone said. "Just around the league, transactions like that happen all the time. I know the numbers issue and everything. I'm prepared for anything anyway. I'm prepared to play every week. Whatever they need me to do, I'm ready for. I don't take anything like a shock now. It's just that I have to be ready at any time is how I look at it. I feel like I'm a part of this team, so I'm hoping every time they do [release me], they feel that they do want me back at some point or however they do. I want to help in whatever way I can. I just look at it as, 'just prepare.' I can't even control any of that anyway, so I don't even try to worry about it."