FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced that they have signed LB Tony Steward and LS Christian Yount. Terms of the contracts were not announced.
Steward, 23, is a veteran of one NFL season with the Buffalo Bills in 2015. The 6-foot, 241-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick (188th overall) by Buffalo out of Clemson in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in seven games as a rookie before finishing the season on injured reserve. Steward was released by Buffalo on April 19, 2016.
Yount, 27, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2011) and the Cleveland Browns (2011-2014). He was released by Cleveland last May and did not play last season. The 6-foot-1, 250-pounder, originally entered the NFL with Tampa Bay as a rookie free agent out of UCLA on July 27, 2011. He made the 53-man roster out of training camp and played in seven games before being released. Yount then signed with Cleveland, where he remained through the 2014 season. He has played in 60 NFL games.