- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Third-year safety Sergio Brown, whom the Patriots had viewed as a rising player at this time last year, has been informed of his release, according to a league source.
The move isn't a major surprise, as Brown was considered to be closer to the roster bubble, if not a long shot. He turned in a strong special teams performance in Wednesday's preseason finale, but it wasn't enough.
Brown, who joined the team as a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame in 2010, was lauded by Bill Belichick last September. “Sergio Brown has just done nothing but improve in the year and a half that he’s been here," Belichick said at the time.
Brown's progress at the time was a factor in releasing veteran safeties Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders at the end of the preseason, but Brown flatlined during the season and had some of the club's most costly defensive penalties as the safety spot gave the Patriots fits throughout the season.