Patriots Cut James Sanders and Ten More

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Sanders' great play against the Colts in 2010 will be our lasting memory of his play in New England.

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.

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15 Responses to “Patriots Cut James Sanders and Ten More”

  1. D. T. says:

    Anyone worth adding? Sharper? Who’s left on the market at S?

  2. Lundahl says:

    I would of kept him for this year. He had a good year last year. And big pays ! But, it was a big debate. He was really overpaid. He’s a great leader, a mentor for the young guys. If it’s just a matter of money, then they should or “revised” his contract. I mean, it’s not like he’s Randy Moss, grubbing for extra chips ever week.

    Either BB is bringing in a big name or he’s wants to add more players. I doubt he’ll bring in a big name, I think he’s more looking into adding a number of guys, obviously at secondary.

  3. D. T. says:

    The only reason this cut gave me pause is that Sanders was a playmaker in the clutch. I remember INTs against Colts, Steelers, and at least two more clutch INTs. Chung doesn’t seem to have that INT ability and Meriweather has too much of the ‘playmaking’ spirit. We need INTs in the backfield in order to keep the defense from giving up too many points. That’s why I’d look at Sharper. He’s a ballhawk. He may be slow but he reads coverages and we can use guys like that.

    Bodden should resume his stellar INT play. And McCourty should continue at about 6-7 INTs. Hopefully that will replace Sanders’ backfield production.

    • Dan says:

      Sanders was nothing special…there isn’t a lot of production to replace…he’s just another player, not a key player.

  4. D. T. says:

    Looks like Ihedigbo may make the roster. Any breakdown on how he compares with the existing personnel and Sanders?

    • psw says:

      With the Jets, Ihedigbo made his biggest contributions on special teams, but he was also a descent roster depth guy. Good useful stable not great.

  5. Bruschi54 says:

    With the up and down play of Merriwether this was a little bit of a surprise. With the additional cap space BB must have his eye on another safety to bring in. Have not seen all of the preseason games, was the long snapper having problems in the games?

  6. TD says:

    Looks like BB is hunting for guys that don’t practice and have a relatively high price tag. Although, a few years ago he released TBC, much to his dismay, only to bring him back and sign him for 2yrs.

  7. Dan says:

    I’m not shocked by this one, he was just another player, nothing special, but solid effort so you tend to pull for the guy. The Pats did it for a reason, or reasons. You have to hope they are bringing in better talent, and it won’t take too long for that to play out. He could have just lost a step, and/or was pushing to get on the field and the medical staff was saying he was not healing and the possibility was there that he could end up being on the shelf again, and soon.
    The real fun comes with the 53 man roster cuts. I want to see if Ocho makes this team, and some of the other stiffs not producing.

  8. Liam says:

    I assume this means we’re bringing in someone at safety? A Darren Sharper perhaps? We’re very thin there at the moment.

  9. psw says:

    Sanders, minor surprise, thought he had a chance to make it. Who are the other ten?? Any name recognition guys. A little more info would be appreciated, just a list would’ve been enough.

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