The Patriots parted ways with veteran safety James Sanders today, in a move that clears nearly $3 million in cap space. Sanders totaled eight interceptions and over 300 tackles during his six seasons with the Patriots.
Also notable among the releases were long-snapper Matt Katula, 7th-Round pick Malcolm Williams, and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite.
Signed by the Patriots were wide-receiver Tiquan Underwood, long-snapper James Dearth, and former Patriot WR/DB Ross Ventrone. More on Underwood after the jump.
According to the Patriots:
Underwood was released by Jacksonville on August 25, 2011. Underwood originally entered the NFL as a seventh round draft choice (253rd overall) by Jacksonville in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Rutgers. After beginning his rookie season on the practice squad, he joined the 53-man roster and appeared in three games, mainly on special teams.
Last season, he played in 10 games and caught eight passes for 111 yards and returned 24 kicks for 561 yards, including a career-long of 53 yards in the season-opener vs. Denver (9/12).
Also released were defensive linemen Clay Nurse and Kade Weston, kicker Chris Koepplin, tight end Garrett Mills, wide receivers Darnell Jenkins and Tyree Barnes, and offensive lineman Mark Wetterer.