Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed to the media Monday morning that running back Sam "Bam" Cunningham is the latest inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Cunningham, the Patriots' career rushing leader with 5,453 yards, finished his tenure in New England with 49 overall touchdowns to rank third in franchise history. He is a member of the Patriots 50th Anniversary Team and the 1970s All-Decade Team. Cunningham edged center Jon Morris and defensive tackle Houston Antwine, who were the other finalists.

The Patriots announced Friday afternoon they have signed running back Thomas Clayton and released wide receiver Bryan Anderson, punter David King and quarterback Mike Teel. Clayton, a 5-foot-11, 222-pound running back from Kansas State, was originally drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. After spending all of 2007 on the San Francisco practice squad, he spent the first 14 weeks of 2008 as part of that unit until being signed to the active roster for the final two games of the season.

FOXBORO — When it comes to the Patriots, no skill position offers more of a contrast in age than wide receiver.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots have sent Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins a letter that says if he doesn't agree to play for the tendered restricted free agent salary of $3.26 million the Patriots extended him by the June 15 deadline, they will exercise their right to drop his 2010 contract to 110 percent of his 2009 salary. That means that Mankins, who made $1.4 million in base salary last season, would be in line to make just over $1.5 million if he doesn't sign his tender offer by Tuesday's deadline.

A league source has confirmed the Patriots and fourth-round pick Aaron Hernandez have agreed on a four-year contract.

A tight end out of Florida who was taken with the 113th overall selection in the NFL draft, Hernandez is the fourth member of New England’s 2010 draft class to sign, joining offensive linemen Ted Larsen and Thomas Welch and wide receiver Taylor Price.

The news was first reported by the Boston Herald.

FOXBORO — Tully Banta-Cain has heard it.

FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker made another appearance at organized team activities on Monday, and said he feels “good” as he continues to work his way back after a left knee injury he suffered in the regular-season finale against the Texans in Houston.

ALLSTON -- Amidst the stir caused by a recent report that the Patriots and Tom Brady are growing apart in contract negotiations, the free-agent-to-be spoke Friday night about his contract situation at a Best Buddies celebrity football game. 


The Patriots announced Friday afternoon that seventh-round pick Thomas Welch has signed. The third draft pick to ink a deal with New England, the offensive lineman out of Vanderbilt joins third-round selection Taylor Price (who signed May 18) and sixth-round draft choice Ted Larsen (who signed May 25).

According to a league source, the Patriots had Rod Owens in for a workout Thursday morning. Owens, a 6-foot-1, 186-pound wide receiver, led Florida State with 61 catches for 729 yards and three touchdowns last season. A 23-year-old, he was released late last month by St. Louis. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.