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FOXBORO (CBS) – Make it 17 transactions for Ross Ventrone this season.
The New England Patriots released the safety on Tuesday, one day after he was promoted to the 53-man roster.
Ventrone played 18 defensive snaps in Monday night’s 34-3 win over the Chiefs, replacing both James Ihedigbo and Steerling Moore at safety during the game.
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The transaction total will likely go up later in the week if Ventrone clears waivers and makes his return to the practice squad.
Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio spoke about the numberous transactions with Ventrone on Tuesday, and said they need to sign a new contract each time he returns to the roster.
“Any player that you have on your practice squad, if he’s going to be active for a game and you’re going to bring him to the roster, you basically have to sign a new contract,” said Caserio. “So each time you go from the practice squad to the active roster, you sign a new contract. If you’re on the active roster, there’s really nothing else to do. But when you bring players up, which a lot of teams do during the year – they bring them up from their practice squad – I wouldn’t say it’s a real extensive process, but you have to go ahead and sign a new contract.”
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It might be in Ventrone’s best interest to get a signature stamp for the future.