FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed LB Rob Ninkovich and DB Jamar Lovetoday. Terms of the agreements were not announced. Additionally, the Patriots released LB Vince Redd.
Ninkovich, 6-2, 255 pounds, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2006, 2008) and Miami Dolphins (2007-2008). He was originally a fifth-round draft pick by New Orleans in 2006 out of Purdue. Ninkovich played in three games as a rookie with the Saints and was then claimed off waivers by Miami in 2007 and played in four games that season. He began the 2008 season on the Miami practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in early November and playing as a reserve for one game. Ninkovich re-joined the Miami practice squad until being signed to the New Orleans 53-man roster in early December. He was inactive for the final four games of the 2008 season for New Orleans.
The Saints released Ninkovich on July 30, 2009.
Love, 6-0, 191 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Arkansas on April 30, 2009 before being released on July 29, 2009.
Redd, 6-6, 260 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Liberty on May 2, 2008. He spent the first part of his rookie season on the practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster. Redd played in five of the final six games and finished with two tackles on defense and six special teams tackles.