Report: Patriots plan to release veteran safety James Sanders
|08.29.11 at 1:44 pm ET|
The Patriots have reportedly informed veteran safety James Sanders they plan to cut him Monday, according Adam Schefter of ESPN. (UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: The move has been confirmed by Sanders via Twitter.)
The 27-year-old defensive back, who was taken in the fourth round (133rd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, has been a steady and consistent performer since he first arrived in Foxboro. He’s played in 84 games with 49 starts over his first six NFL seasons (2005-10), totaling 300 tackles (217 solo), one sack, eight interceptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns, 19 passes defensed and 30 special teams tackles.
Sanders was due $2.8 million in base salary the coming year, the final one of his current deal.
Earlier on Monday, the Patriots released defensive lineman Clay Nurse, as well as wide receivers Darnell Jenkins and Tyree Barnes. As mandated by the league, all teams must be down to 80 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m.