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New England Patriots sign quarterback Garrett Gilbert to futures contract

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New England Patriots fans will be hoping to see Tom Brady lead the franchise for many more seasons to come after his Super Bowl XLIX heroics but, now aged 37, they are making provisions for the future at the quarterback position.

Thinking about the future

As reported by Sports Illustrated, the Pats have signed former "draft darling" and fellow sixth round pick Garrett Gilbert to a futures contract.

Gilbert was a five-star recruit heading into college where he spent time as the starter for both the University of Texas and SMU before being drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014's NFL Draft.

Gilbert failed to make the active roster for the Rams and, after spending time on their practice squad, took up the same role for the Patriots back in November.

Signing a futures deal, which will come into effect when the 2015 season technically begins in March, shows that the New England coaching staff are clearly impressed enough with what they have seen from the son of former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert.

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Building post Brady

Gilbert amassed 49 touchdowns in his college career and impressed a lot of onlookers during his pro day - completing 87 of 88 passes and is known for his ability to buy time in the pocket.

What better way to build for the future post-Tom Brady than by drafting a man who has, in the past, been compared to him.

Both drafted in the sixth round. Both failed to make an impression in their first season in the NFL...stranger things have happened.

OK so the similarities might end there for now but Gilbert will now join Jimmy Garoppolo on the Patriots' quarterback depth chart.

The Patriots added a further 10 players on future contracts today including veteran DL Antonio Johnson who has 52 NFL starts to his name over six seasons with Indianapolis and then Tennessee.

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