FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts – A roller coaster weekend for former University of Maine defensive lineman Trevor Bates ended on a high note Sunday afternoon.
The New England Patriots signed Bates to a new contract, assigning him to the practice squad. This came just more than 24 hours after he failed to make the team’s final roster, and was ultimately placed on waivers. Bates was not claimed by any other team, and the Patriots were able to return him to the practice squad.
Bates was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round last year as a linebacker, but was cut midway through the season. He would go on to land with the Pats, where he would join the practice squad. Bates was named practice player of the week twice last year, and saw a salary raise in the process.
This offseason, he earned a $465,000 contract from New England.