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Report: Patriots release OT Garcia, a 2017 third-round pick

Report: Patriots release OT Garcia, a 2017 third-round pick

FOXBORO -- The picture at offensive tackle in New England just got a little less crowded.

According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Patriots are releasing 2017 third-round pick Tony Garcia with a non-football injury designation. The Troy product missed all of last season on the non-football injury list.



In a draft class that featured only four players, Garcia was one of the headliners. He was the team's second overall choice (behind defensive end Derek Rivers), and he was considered a candidate to eventually replace left tackle Nate Solder. 

After participating briefly in training camp last summer, Garcia was pulled from action and eventually taken off the active roster with a reserve/non-football injury designation. Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia indicated that Garcia had lost a significant amount of weight while dealing with "medical issues."

"Yeah. His weight is down," Scarnecchia said at the time. "He's gone through some medical issues, which I will not speak about. But he is working hard. He is starting to gain his weight back. We all realized this was going to be a process for him this year. And it has been a process for him. We're gonna be extremely patient with this guy. We feel like we owe him that. And he's giving us everything he can in return right now. He's working out every day. I think he's starting to trend towards a good direction. We'll see what we've got this spring and going into training camp."

Evidently, whatever the Patriots saw, they felt as though their time with Garcia had run its course. 

With Solder now a member of the Giants, Garcia was considered in the mix to get some work at tackle this season. Now, with Garcia out of the mix, the candidates for the left tackle job include rookie first-rounder Isaiah Wynn, Trent Brown, LaAdrian Waddle and, potentially, Cole Croston. Newly-acquired tackle Matt Tobin will factor into the offensive line equation in some regard, and Marcus Cannon, meanwhile, will likely stay on the right side, according to what Scarnecchia indicated in a meeting with reporters on Friday prior the news breaking on Garcia's release.

Garcia had announced on Instagram in March that he had been cleared to play. 

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Does Caserio's contract clause with Patriots violate NFL rules?

Does Caserio's contract clause with Patriots violate NFL rules?

The tampering dispute between the Patriots and Houston Texans over Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio appears to be settled - for now - after an exchange of statements Friday between Robert Kraft and Texans CEO Cal McNair.

Still, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out that the clause in Caserio's contract that keeps him from leaving for other teams being questioned. "Some in league circles are now asking whether the Caserio clause complies with league rules," as Florio puts it.

Other teams thinking the Patriots are violating league rules? When has that ever happened?

This is the part of the NFL's anti-tampering rule that's the focus of the issue:

"..the inquiring club is prepared to offer a position as a high-level employee . . . the employer club may not deny the employee the opportunity to discuss and accept such employment.”

Seeking a Patriots employee to become your team's general manager would certainly qualify as "high-level." Florio reports that one source says at least one other team's non-"high-level" employee had a similar clause and when it was challenged, the NFL ultimately invalidated it.

The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Texans asked what they would have to give up in a trade to get Caserio, whose Patriots contract is up after the 2020 draft.

The Texans will reportedly go without a GM this season. Sounds as if this is far from over.

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

Chandler Jones has settled in as a member of the Cardinals, but he isn't getting too comfortable.

The former Patriot knows the nature of the business in the NFL and that he can be traded any given moment. Jones found that out the hard way when he was traded from New England to Arizona back in 2016, and he still uses that trade as motivation three years later.

“I feel like at any time I can be traded,” Jones said, via Kyle Odegard of azcardinals.com. “It might sound bizarre to say, but I’m someone who has been in that situation. I’ve been traded before and that little sense of rejection is a crappy feeling, honestly. That’s what drives me. That’s what motivates me. I never want to get traded again.”

Jones shifted from defensive end to linebacker after joining the Cardinals, and he continues to produce at a high level. The 29-year-old has racked up double-digit sacks in each of his three seasons with Arizona (11 in 2016, 17 in 2017, 13 in 2018).

But it appears Jones may have learned a valuable lesson from his time under Pats head coach Bill Belichick: it isn't all about stats.

“It’s not about getting double-digit sacks,” Jones told Odegard. “The big thing is just being consistent. Speaking from a coach’s perspective, you want a player that’s consistent. You want a player that you know what you’re going to get day in and day out, on and off the field. A lot of that gives credit to some of my numbers, and hopefully I can stay consistent.”

Jones signed a five-year, $82.5 million extension in 2017, so using his trade from the Patriots as fuel certainly seems to have paid off.

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