- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New England Patriots have released cornerback Darius Butler, according to a league source.
Butler, a second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2009 draft, appeared in 29 games over two seasons, registering 54 tackles and 3 interceptions. After a starting five games at left corner in 2009 and registering all three of those interceptions, he started just three games in 15 appearances in 2010.