Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo has agreed to a pay cut, signing a new one-year, $4.5 million contract.
The Patriots will host the Steelers in the 2015 season's first game on Thursday, Sept. 10.
Patriots LT Nate Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April of 2014.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Jimmy Garoppolo "looks like a linebacker" this offseason.
Alfonzo Dennard has spent the offseason working out with teammates Duron Harmon, Devin McCourty and Tavon Wilson in Arizona.
Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower said his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery is "right on track, if not better."
ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects ILB Jerod Mayo back with the team in 2015.
Patriots DE Chandler Jones believes CB Malcolm Butler can be an impact player.
CSN New England's Tom E. Curran says the decision to pick up Dont'a Hightower's fifth-year option is "cut-and-dried."
LeGarrette Blount is allowed to participate in all offseason practices and preseason games before his suspension.
NFL suspended Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Patriots CB Robert McClain lined up in five different spots last season.
ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss mentioned Malcolm Butler as a "potential starter" for New England in 2015.
ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss mentioned James White as a candidate to replace Shane Vereen as the team's passing-down back.
Patriots DT Dominique Easley played just 24.6 percent of the team's defensive snaps prior to his season-ending knee injury.