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Patriots release Chimdi Chekwa

The latest cornerback out in New England was never really in.

Chimdi Chekwa, signed on March 11 as a free agent, already has been released, per a league source with knowledge of the situation. It was only a one-year deal for Chekwa, a fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2011 who had not been tendered as a restricted free agent.

Chekwa is the latest cornerback to leave the Patriots in recent weeks. After Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner bolted via free agency, the Patriots released Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington.

The roster currently lists only four other actual cornerbacks -- Malcolm Butler, Bradley Fletcher, Robert McClain, and Logan Ryan. The Patriots have 11 other players listed as defensive backs and only one player listed as a safety -- Patrick Chung. Of those, five are rookies.