|09.04.10 at 7:12 pm ET|
It has been an extremely busy afternoon for the Patriots, one that has apparently culminated in a pair of trades, as New England has acquired safety Jarrad Page from Kansas City and linebacker Tracy White from Philadelphia, both for conditional draft picks.
Page is a 6-foot, 225-pound defensive back who was taken in the seventh round of the 2006 draft out of UCLA. The 25-year old started all 16 games in 2007 and 2008 for the Chiefs, coming away with a career-high four picks in 2008. (He has 10 interceptions over four seasons in the NFL.) He started five games last season, but his playing time decreased significantly after youngster Eric Barry began to emerge as a force in the Kansas City secondary.
Page was unhappy in Kansas City, and requested a trade over the summer — he only signed his restricted free agent tender on Friday, a one-year deal. It is not known if New England is going to try and sign him to a long-term pact.
As for White, he’s a 29-year-old linebacker who goes 6-feet and weighs 230 pounds. Known primarily as a special teamer, the Howard product has been in the league for eight years, having suited up for Philadelphia, Green Bay, Jacksonville and Seattle. His best season came last year with the Eagles when he had 35 tackles in 16 games.
The news on Page was first announced by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, while the Eagles announced the trade of White.
|09.04.10 at 6:40 pm ET|
Defensive back Sergio Brown and wide receiver/special teams ace Sam Aiken will be released by the Patriots on Saturday, WEEI.com has learned. While Brown was a long-shot to make the roster — and still has practice-squad eligibility — the release of Aiken does comes as a mild surprise. Last year’s special teams captain (he served as the punt protector), the 29-year-old Aiken caught 20 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns last year.
|09.04.10 at 5:31 pm ET|
The Patriots will release outside linebackers Pierre Woods and Derrick Burgess, according to multiple media outlets. Burgess, 32, recorded five sacks with New England last season, while the 28-year-old Woods, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006, spent the last four seasons with New England working mainly as a situational linebacker as well as on special teams. The news on both players was first reported by ESPN.
|09.04.10 at 4:16 pm ET|
Offensive lineman Brian Simmons, who was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent but was waived by New England on Aug. 29, has signed by the Hartford Colonials of the UFL.
|09.04.10 at 4:06 pm ET|
Former Patriots defensive lineman Jarvis Green was cut by the Broncos Saturday afternoon, which could pave the way for his return to New England.
The 31-year-old Green, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2002 draft out of Louisiana State by the Patriots, enjoyed eight seasons with New England. While he was never a full-time player over the course of a single season, Green provided depth along a defensive line that featured Pro Bowlers Richard Seymour and Vince Wilfork.
Over the course of his career with New England, he became a prolific pass rusher — in the 2003 AFC Championship Game against the Colts, he had 2.5 sacks, and would go on to finish with 7.5 sacks in 2006 and 6.5 sacks in 2007.
In 2009, Green was hobbled by a knee injury, and had just one sack in 13 games with the Patriots. When Green was a free agent following the 2009 season, the Patriots were interested in bringing him back, but the price was too rich for New England as he ended up signing a four-year, $20-million deal with the Broncos.
However, according to the National Football Post, the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder was cut loose on Saturday. That opens up the possibility of a return to a New England team that has struggled to put consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and lost Ty Warren for the year because of a hip injury and recently cut veteran Damione Lewis.
|09.04.10 at 3:41 pm ET|
So as of 3:35 p.m. (UPDATED: 6:52 P.M.), here’s a quick list of the players that have been let go on Saturday, as reported by a variety of local outlets or confirmed by WEEI.com.
LB Eric Alexander
LB Pierre Woods
LB Derrick Burgess
QB Zac Robinson*
RB Thomas Clayton*
DB Ross Ventrone*
DB DeAngelo Willingham*
DB Sergio Brown*
OL Rich Ohrnberger*
OL Ted Larsen*
OL Thomas Welch*
WR Rod Owens*
WR Darnell Jenkins*
WR Sam Aiken
That group joins the following players who were released on Friday:
DL Damione Lewis
OL Eric Ghiaciuc
TE Carson Butler*
TE Rob Myers*
(* denotes practice squad eligibility)
|09.04.10 at 2:40 pm ET|
Various reports now indicate the Patriots have told offensive linemen Rich Ohrnberger, Ted Larsen and Thomas Welch they have all been released. Ohrnberger was a fourth-round pick in 2009 who played sparingly as a rookie, while Larsen (sixth round) and Welch (seventh round) were taken this past spring by the Patriots.
Larsen and Welch may stick around Foxboro, however, as they do have practice squad eligibility.
That trio joins linebacker Eric Alexander, quarterback Zac Robinson and defensive back Ross Ventrone as the players who have been let go by the Patriots this weekend as they continue to cut their roster to the league-mandated 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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