In addition, the Patriots signed rookie free agent OL Chris Martin.
Easley, 22, was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 29th selection overall out of Florida. The 6-foot-2, 288-pounder started in 26 of 32 games over his four year career and finished with 81 total tackles, 5 ½ sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.
After appearing in six games as a true freshman in 2010, Easley was a full-time starter in 2011 and 2012 and was elected a team-captain as a senior in 2013. He was limited to just three games as a senior.
Martin, 24, originally signed with the Houston Texans as a rookie free agent out of Central Florida on May 16, 2014 but was released on May 27, 2014. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder played in 46 games with 27 starts at both tackle positions as well as four starts at tight end. As a senior in 2013, Martin played in all 13 games with 11 starts at right tackle and two at left tackle and earned All-American Athletic Conference second team honors.