The New England Patriots already are planning for the future.
The Patriots signed linebacker James Vaughters to a future/reserve contract Thursday. Vaughters was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford by the Green Bay Packers in May. He was on the Packers’ practice squad from Sept. 7 to Oct. 3, when he was released with an injury settlement.
Vaughters can’t play for the Patriots this season, but he’ll join the team for their offseason workout program. The Patriots added running back Dion Lewis, pass rusher Rufus Johnson and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson as futures signings last season.
Vaughters had 124 total tackles in his four-year Cardinal career with 21.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks.
Vaughters is the fourth player from Stanford on the Patriots’ roster, joining offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, safety Jordan Richards and running back Tyler Gaffney, who’s on injured reserve.
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