Patriots release CB Darius Butler

Updated: September 6, 2011, 8:19 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots have released cornerback Darius Butler.

Butler, a second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2009 draft, appeared in 29 games over two seasons, registering 54 tackles and three interceptions. After 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.

"I didn't know how it would work out, a trade or release. I'm not really surprised by it," he said. "Things weren't ...

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