The Patriots signed wide receiver/special teamer Jesse Holley, offensive lineman Mike Ingersoll and rookie free agent tight end Tyler Urban on Monday.

The Miami Dolphins confirmed on Monday that the club has held a tryout for wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.

CBS Sports reported last week that Ochocinco, released last Thursday by the Patriots after one season in New England, coveted a chance to play in Miami. Ochocinco was born and raised in Miami and owns a home in South Beach. The 34-year-old Ochocinco, a six-time Pro Bowl selection with the Bengals, caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown in 2011 with the Patriots.

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The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have reached an agreement on a six-year, $54 million extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The tight end, a second-round pick out of Arizona in 2010, has set numerous records at his position last year, including 1,327 yards and 18 total touchdowns (17 receiving, one rushing) on 90 receptions. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski had been scheduled to make a base salary of $540,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013, plus minimal workout bonuses, in the final two years of his rookie deal.

There are conflicting reports about a new contract for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. On Thursday night, Pro Football Talk, quoting a source, reported that Gronkowski and the Patriots have reached an agreement on a new deal that would replace the final two years of Gronkowski's rookie contract. However, PFT also quotes Gronkowski's agent Drew Rosenhaus as saying a deal has not been reached.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that they have released wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. The 34-year-old Ochocinco, who was not present for the team's OTA session Thursday at Gillette Stadium, struggled since he was acquired by the Patriots last July, finishing the 2011 season with 15 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown. He restructured his contract in March, lowering his base salary for 2012 to $1 million.

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FOXBORO -- According to a source, Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was at the Gillette Stadium facility Thursday morning but left before the start of the OTA session. It marked the first spring session the media has had access to where the receiver was not present. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Ochocinco removed the fact that he plays for the Patriots from his Twitter bio sometime between Wednesday night at Thursday morning. (UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Ochocinco has added the Patriots information back to his Twitter bio.)

The Patriots added to their arsenal of tight ends Thursday, signing veteran Bo Scaife, who missed last season with a shoulder injury.

Scaife, 31, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Titans in 2005 out of Texas. In six years with the Titans, Scaife appeared in 92 games, starting 62, and caught 251 passes for 2,383 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 249-pounder started 13 of 14 games in 2010, catching 36 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. He signed with the Bengals last season but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in a preseason game.

The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski are talking contract, but there's no word yet on whether or not the team is interested in reworking his current deal or giving the big tight end a contract extension, according to multiple reports. Gronkowski, a second-round pick out of Arizona in 2010, has two years left on a rookie deal that will pay in base salaries of $540,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013, according to NFLPA documents. In two seasons, Gronkowski has 132 catches for 1,873 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns.

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The Patriots announced Monday that wide receiver and return man Troy Brown has been voted by fans as the 18th player and 19th member to enter the Patriots Hall of Fame. Brown beat out fellow finalists Fred Marion and Bill Parcells for the honor.

According to the team, Brown earned the highest percentage of votes for any candidate, breaking last year’s record set by Drew Bledsoe. Brown joins Bledsoe as the second player to be selected by the fans into the Patriots Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.