FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they re-signed DL Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and released CB Troy Hill.
In addition, the Patriots have re-signed RB Joey Iosefa to the practice squad.
Kitchen, 27, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Dec. 16, 2015, was inactive in the win against Tennessee on Dec. 20 and was released on Dec. 22. He played three seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2012-14) and spent two games with the Detroit Lions in 2015 after being released by the Browns prior to the start of the regular season. The 6-foot-1, 330-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 out of Kent State. He was released by the Ravens at the end of training camp and was claimed off waivers by Cleveland. During his time in Cleveland, Kitchen played in 40 games with three starts and totaled 90 tackles. He played in one game with Detroit as a reserve but did not register any tackles before being released on Oct. 23.
Hill, 24, was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on Dec. 25, 2015. He originally signed with Cincinnati as a rookie free agent out of Oregon on May 8, 2015. The 5-11, 180-pounder, has spent the majority of the season on the Cincinnati practice squad. Hill was signed to the 53-man roster on Dec.5 and played in three games where he registered six tackles before being released on Dec. 24.
Iosefa, 24, was released by the Patriots on Monday. He was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Dec. 19, and played in the last two games, totaling 15 carries for 51 yards. He originally was signed to the New England practice squad on Oct. 21, 2015. The 6-foot, 245-pounder, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round (231st overall) out of Hawaii in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was released by Tampa Bay on Aug. 30, 2015.