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Patriots add 7 players, including QB Mike Kafka

The Patriots announced the signing of seven players to futures contracts.

Five of the players - RB James Develin, WR Jeremy Ebert, WR Andre Holmes, DL Tracy Robertson and LB Jeff Tarpinian - have experience in New England.

Two more - QB Mike Kafka and DE Marcus Benard - will join the Patriots for the first time.

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Kafka was a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011, playing in four games as a rookie. But the 6-foot-3 Northwestern product was cut out of camp by Philadelphia last year and spent 2012 out of football.

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Benard spent three seasons with the Browns after signing with Cleveland in 2009; he started that season on practice squad but played in six games and had 3.5 sacks. In 2010, Benard played in 15 games and tallied 7.5 sacks. Injuries limited him in 2011 and he was also injured last year in training camp.

Develin, Ebert, Holmes, Kafka, Robertson and Tarpinian signed two-year deals; Benard’s deal is only for 2013.

Also, the contract terms were revealed for Armond Armstead, the defensive lineman from the Canadian Football League the Patriots reached a deal with earlier this week. It is a three-year deal totaling $1.485 million. Armstead received basically the same contract from the Patriots as Justin Francis did last year, when he was signed as an undrafted player.