The Patriots had invited five undrafted players to tryout in addition to their eight newly-drafted rookies. The signed players were Hofstra’s Ricky Bryant, a wide receiver, and Andy Mignery, a tight end out of Michigan.
After Balestracci was not chosen in the 2004 NFL Draft, he had hoped to be signed as a free agent, similar to wide receiver Carl Morris ’03 and offensive lineman Jamil Soriano ’03—both of whom were not picked in the draft but later signed free-agent deals with the Miami Dolphins and Patriots, respectively.
It is uncertain what Balestracci’s next move will be; his agent has in the past mentioned pursuing other NFL tryout offers as well as opportunities in the Canadian Football League.
Balestracci was unavailable for comment.