Keeping track of ex-Patriots, notable releases so far


Keeping track of ex-Patriots, notable releases so far

Annually, at cutdown time the volume of players let go means that some names just sail by our noses without a second look. Guys who – if it were the middle of June – would cause a ripple of recognition.

When I looked at the cuts made by the Buffalo Bills on Friday, there were a few of them.

Here’s a quick list of ex-Patriots and names you may know who’ve already been lopped as teams head for the cutdown to 53.  

Kicker Shayne Graham, released by Falcons (Patriot in 2010)
DT Casey Walker, released by Bills (Patriot in 2014)
CB Sterling Moore released by Bills (Patriot in 2011 and 2012, game-saving pass breakup in 2011 AFCCG)
DT Brandon Deaderick released by Bills (made 14 starts with Patriots from 2010-2012)
CB Brandon Browner, released by Seattle (starting corner for ’14 SB winners)
LS Tyler Ott, released by Giants (cup of coffee with Pats, went to Harvard)
WR Brandon Tate released by Bengals (Patriots third rounder in 2009)
DT Sealver Siliga sent to IR by Seattle (three-year Patriot)

The Bills also signed linebacker Ramon Humber, released by the Patriots earlier in the week and Gronk’s younger brother, Glenn, made the team in Buffalo.

A few other names to keep track of from earlier in the week. 

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger got cut by San Diego, same deal for DE Bjoern Werner in Jacksonville and DE Quinton Coples with the Rams. Running back Boom Herron (former Colt), LB  Kroy Biermann (longtime Falcon) and DE Manny Lawson (longtime 49er) were all let go by Buffalo. RB Bishop Sankey is out in Tennessee and the Panthers reached an injury settlement with punter Mike Scifres (former Charger) while the Broncos launched Britton Colquitt.

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.