The New England Patriots officially signed TE Rob Housler to a future/reserve contract on Thursday.
Future/reserve contracts are essentially an opportunity for players compete for a roster spot in offseason workouts and during training camp.
Housler, 27, is a former third-round pick of the Cardinals who played out his rookie contract with the team. The Browns wound up signing him to a one-year, $1.76 million contract back in April of last year, but Cleveland wound up waiving him from their injured reserve.
The Bears later signed him to a contract and decided to extend him for another year in March. Unfortunately, Chicago elected to release him in September.
Housler has worked out for the Raiders, Packers, and Colts since becoming a free agent but was not signed to a contract.