Underwood: 'Don't want to be a distraction'

February, 5, 2012
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Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, who was released by the Patriots yesterday on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI, declined an interview request but sent ESPN's Ed Werder a text that read:

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AP Photo/Mark HumphreyBefore he was released Saturday, Tiquan Underwood was on the Lucas Oil Stadium field with his teammates having a good time and capturing moments.
"I don't want to be a distraction to the game or the New England Patriots.....i will say this, The New England Patriots are a GREAT Organization. I wish them nothing but the best today. This season has been dedicated to Myra Kraft (MHK) Mr Kraft's wife....w/ that being said i hope they pull out the victory in honor of her & because the coaches & players have worked so hard this season for the opportunity to play in Super Bowl 46. Go Pats!!!! #PatsNation"

Getting cut one day before the biggest game of your life has to sting, but there was one bit of good news for Underwood reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter this morning:

"Even though the Patriots released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood the night before Super Bowl XLVI, Underwood will be entitled to $88,000 if New England wins this game and $44,000 if New England loses. The CBA has a clause that says any player active for a total of eight games in the regular and postseason is entitled to a full share for the Super Bowl earnings. Underwood just made the cut, as he was active for eight games. Under the rules of the CBA, defensive end Alex Silvestro, who took Underwood's spot on the Patriots 53-man roster, will receive a half of the Super Bowl share, because he wasn't active for the Patriots' past three games. So even though Underwood won't play, today still will pay, and he would also get a ring if the Patriots win."

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