FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots re-signed exclusive rights free agent safety Ray Ventrone today. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Ventrone, 24, was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2005. He has played in two regular-season games and two playoff contests in his career, all with the Patriots last season.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 200-pound defensive back spent the 2005 season as a member of New England's practice squad. After spending the 2006 season on injured reserve, Ventrone was signed by the New York Jets on Feb. 21, 2007. He was released by the Jets in the final preseason roster cuts on Sept. 2, 2007 and was signed to New York's practice squad two days later. Ventrone was released from the Jets practice squad on Sept. 12, 2007. He was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Sept. 19 and was signed to the active roster on Nov. 3. Ventrone made his NFL debut in the Patriots' 24-20 win at Indianapolis on Nov. 4. He was released on Nov. 7 and re-signed to the practice squad on Nov. 9. He was re-signed to the Patriots' active roster on Dec. 22, 2007 and played in the Patriots' regular-season finale against the New York Giants on Dec. 29. He also saw action in the AFC Championship Game against San Diego on Jan. 20 and in Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants on Feb. 3. He recorded his first career special teams tackle in Super Bowl XLII.