The Patriots would like to welcome the following group of freshly inked signees: K Matt Prater $351,000 Solid young leg... very accurate the last two years, FG's made 30 out of 35. We save $1.4m against the cap by releasing the polish sausage leg, Stephen Gostkowski... OLB Antwan Barnes $300,000 Former 4th round pick of the Ravens. He can bring the heat in the pass rush. Tallied four sacks in limited reps last season for the Chargers, who had acquired him late to fill a void in getting pressure on the quarterback. Good player for us to add to the rotation at the OLB spot. QB Alex Smith $300,000 The former #1 overall pick takes quite the cut in salary from being taken so high. Signing for the minimum to revamp his career with the soon to be world champions. He will compete to be Tom Brady's backup with a couple of guys listed below whom you may have heard of. I expect Smith to beat them both out actually. He'll be a good fit for the Patriots spread em and flex em offense. Mathias Kiwanuka $4,500,000 The marquee signing for us so far. Mathias is expected to convert to outside linebacker and to start opposite promising youngster Jermaine Cunningham. New DC Kevin Greene is said to be whooping it up and body slamming people against the walls with excitement. At 6.5 265, people are expecting monstrous things from the key acquisition as we attempt to upgrade our pass rush. Tyler Thigpen $351,000 Tyler will compete for the backup role and is excited to be heading back to Chan Gailey's tutelage. Tyler enjoyed his finest season under Chan when he was the OC back in Kansas City. I'd put our three quarterbacks up against any in the league in terms of experience and ability. Brett Favre $351,000 Oh and last but not least we went out and signed Favre to a min deal just in case he should feel the need to unretire yet again. We would love to have him should the situation arise. If not, no big deal, we can release him. A savvy Patriot like move if I do say so myself. And he's more than welcome to retire as a Patriot since he's always been a solid American who likes his jeans, five o clock shadow and showing his ***** via sext message. Giselle supposedly already changed her phone number.