A day after he was released by the New England Patriots on cutdown day, former Westbrook HS and UMaine Black Bears LB Trevor Bates has been signed to the Patriots ten-man practice squad.

LB Trevor Bates, OL James Ferentz, RB D.J. Foster, DL Geneo Grissom, WR Cody Hollister, DB David Jones, OL Ted Karras, DL Darius Kilgo and DB Damarius Travis   -  Courtesy NE Patriots

Bates joined the Patriots practice squad last season after being drafted and then released by the Indianapolis Colts. He earned a Super Bowl ring when the Pats beat the Atlanta Falcons.

Bates saw a lot of action in the four preseason games. His 15 tackles was third best on the team.

Bates will earn a minimum of $6,900 per week as a practice squad player and can be signed by any NFL team that wants to put him on their 53-man roster.

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