|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.
|09.04.10 at 12:54 pm ET|
Linebacker Eric Alexander has been released by the Patriots. Alexander, who has played for New England for the last six seasons, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent in 2004. This morning, the 28-year-old posted “Anyone hiring??? I’m just recently unemployed….” as status on his official Facebook page. Predominantly a special teamer while with New England, his best season came in 2007 when finished with 18 tackles.
In addition, multiple reports indicate the Patriots have informed quarterback Zac Robinson and defensive back Ross Ventrone they have been released. Both Robinson and Ventrone have practice squad eligibility.
New England must cut its active roster down to 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
|09.03.10 at 5:43 pm ET|
Just wrapped up a conference call with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and here are a few quick highlights from the Q&A:
On Damione Lewis’ release: “I like a lot of things about Damione. He’s a solid guy, a good player. He’s smart [and] works hard. In the end, we just felt like we had some other people ahead of him. Really, that’s what it came down to. There really isn’t anything I don’t like about Damione Lewis. I just think there were other players we like just a little bit better for one reason or another.”
On the players’ schedule for the next couple of days: “They’ll get some time off, but we’ve got to get going on Cincinnati here too. I think once we get — I don’t want to say our preparation finalized — but once we get them to a point where we know what we want to do, we need to pass it along to them and get them pointed in the right direction. We’ll do that, I guess when the time is right. We’ll get that figured ourt here in a day or so.”
On the probability of the Patriots making a trade in the next day or two: “I have no idea. I have no idea. I’d say most of the calls relate more to exchanging information than, ‘Here’s seven players we want to trade. Which six players do you want to trade?’ and then turn it into some big blockbuster trade. It’s a lot more of just exchanging information.”
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|09.03.10 at 4:56 pm ET|
The Patriots have confirmed the release of defensive lineman Damione Lewis, and also announced that offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc. A 6-foot-4, 303-pounder, Ghiaciuc was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 4. He is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2005-08) and San Diego Chargers (2009). He originally joined Cincinnati as a fourth-round draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Central Michigan.
|09.03.10 at 2:24 pm ET|
The Patriots have released tight ends Carson Butler and Rob Myers, according to a league source. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Butler, a 23-year-old out of Michigan, was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 2. Myers, 24, is a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder out of Utah State who was signed to New England’s practice squad last November. Both players have practice squad eligibility, and could end up there when the practice squad is assembled this weekend. The news on both was first reported by ESPN.
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