Patriots D-Tackle Returning For Third Season On Reserve/Future Contract

Bill Murray has been with the Patriots since 2020

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February 7

Bill Murray will get another chance to crack the New England Patriots’ roster this offseason.

After spending his first two NFL seasons on the Patriots’ practice squad, Murray re-signed with New England on a reserve/future contract Monday, per the NFL transaction wire.

Murray, who joined the Patriots as a 2020 undrafted free agent out of William & Mary, has yet to play his first regular-season NFL snap. The 24-year-old saw action in all three preseason games last summer, tallying four tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.

Murray led all Patriots defenders with nine quarterback pressures during the 2021 postseason, per Pro Football Focus, and also saw substantial playing time on the Patriots’ punt and kick coverage units — a rarity for a D-lineman.

New England frequently leaned on its practice squad for D-line depth during the regular season, but each time, it was Daniel Ekuale, not Murray, who got the call. The more experienced Ekuale was elevated to the gameday roster eight times, including the Patriots’ wild-card playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Murray is the ninth player to sign a future contract with the Patriots since their season ended last month, joining Ekuale, wide receivers Kristian Wilkerson, Tre Nixon and Malcolm Perry, running back Devine Ozigbo, offensive lineman Will Sherman, kicker Quinn Nordin and offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais.

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