The players are breaking for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the Patriots are done handling business.

On Thursday, reports broke that the Patriots were nearing extensions with fullback James Develin and long snapper Joe Cardona. Both players were set to become unrestricted free agents next offseason.

The Athletic first broke the news about Develin and according to ESPN, the Patriots are signing their Pro Bowl fullback to a two-year, $3.8-million deal. That also includes a $600,000 signing bonus. The Boston Globe reported the news about Cardona. According to ESPN, he’ll sign a four-year deal.

Develin’s story is one of the best in New England. A former defensive tackle at Brown University, he went undrafted in 2010 and played for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the Arena Football League. Then he suited up for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. There, in the UFL, he made the transition to fullback.

After spending time on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, from 2010-2012, Develin signed with the Patriots practice squad. Develin appeared in one game with the Patriots in 2012. He’s been the starting fullback over the past five years. He’s appeared in every game, every season, expect for in 2015 when he broke his tibia in the preseason.

A two-time Super Bowl champion, Develin was named as a Pro Bowler last year for the first time. On Thursday, he was rewarded for his efforts.

Cardona also comes to the Patriots with an interesting back-story. Drafted in the fifth round in 2015, the 26-year-old is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In his rookie season, he worked at the Naval Academy Preparatory School full-time while also playing for the Patriots.

Over the last three years, Cardona has been a rock solid long snapper for the Patriots. Signing him locks up one of three main special teamers. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen are also in the final years of their deals.

Looking at QB

The Patriots already have three quarterbacks in the fold, but that hasn’t stopped them from checking other options.

On Thursday, the Patriots brought in 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg for a visit to Gillette Stadium. The 23-year-old, who was drafted 51st overall by the N.Y. Jets, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday. He cleared waivers and is now a free agent.