Nearly two years to the day from when the Patriots traded Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders, more moves went down that had New England fans scratching their heads.
Brandon Meriweather was the biggest name released – ending the dismal 2007 draft class’ time in Foxborough. After James Sanders was released earlier this week, the Patriots certainly have some questions in their defensive backfield.
Unless a cornerback (Dowling, Bodden?) is expected to move to safety, the Patriots will go to Miami with Pat Chung, Sergio Brown, Josh Barrett, and possibly James Ihedigbo.
Will Yeatman was a surprising cut, leaving the Patriots with only two true tight ends on their roster. Backup tackles Nate Solder and Steve Maneri both played TE as collegians, but there may be another move in the works.
Rich Ohrnberger was placed on IR, while Ron Brace was placed on the PUP list.
Eric Moore, Sammy Morris, and Brandon Tate were also veterans from last year that won’t be on this year’s roster – at least in week one.
OL Thomas Austin, DB Ross Ventrone, DE Markell Carter, DE Alex Silvestro, LB Aaron Lavarias, DT Landon Cohen, RB Eric Kettani, LB Niko Koutouvides, TE Lee Smith, and WR Tiquan Underwood were also among the cuts made by the Patriots front office.
Moore, Yeatman, and Meriweather were surprises to us, as they were in our final roster projection.
More moves and updates coming soon.