Tiquan Underwood back to Pats

When receiver Tiquan Underwood was released the night before the Super Bowl, he took the potentially crushing news in stride and called the Patriots a classy organization.

He knew all along that as long as he wasn't claimed on waivers by another team, he'd be back with the team. That officially happened late Tuesday, with the team announcing that he has been signed to a future contract for 2012.

Underwood was one of seven players signed to deals for 2012, joining linebacker/defensive end Markell Carter, receiver Britt Davis, offensive tackle Matt Kopa, defensive end Aaron Lavarias, linebacker Mike Rivera and safety Ross Ventrone.

All the players, outside of Underwood, spent time on the Patriots' practice squad in 2011.