Friday, July 29, 2011
Pats make many cuts, sign rookies
The New England Patriots welcomed one high-profile player in Chad Ochocinco on Friday, but they also added a couple of rookies and cut loose a number of well-known veterans.
Defensive tackle Ty Warren was released, along with fellow D-lineman Marcus Stroud, tight end Alge Crumpler, offensive tackle Nick Kaczur, cornerback Tony Carter and linebacker Ryan Coulson. As anticipated, linebacker Tully Banta-Cain was also released.
Third-round draft pick Ryan Mallett, a quarterback out of Arkansas, and fifth-round pick Marcus Cannon, an offensive lineman from TCU, signed contracts. Terms were not released.
Also, Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington has signed a two-year contract with a maximum value of $3.275 million, his agents Sean Stellato and Richard Kopelman of Klass Sports said Friday. Arrington, who started 14 games last season, was an exclusive rights free agent.
Warren was a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2003 who played on both the 2003 and 2004 title teams. He started 92 of 105 games but missed all of 2010 with a hip injury.
Kaczur spent six seasons with the Pats after being drafted in the third round of the 2005 draft. After starting 62 of 68 games, he also missed the bulk of last season with injuries.
Banta-Cain led the team in sacks with 10 in 2009 and had five last season. He had two stints with the Patriots (2003-06 and 2009-10). He underwent offseason abdominal surgery.
A Pro Bowler from 2003-06 with Atlanta, Crumpler played one season with the Patriots, making six catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Stroud was signed in March so never played with the Patriots. He was a Pro Bowler from 2003-05 with the Jaguars.
Carter played in two games last season, while Coulson was an undrafted free agent rookie out of Nevada.
Arrington will have base salaries of $525,000 in 2011 and $850,000 in 2012. He earned a signing bonus of $400,000.
"We are extremely pleased that the Patriots rewarded Kyle for his contributions last year and recognize that he will be a contributor for the foreseeable future," Kopelman said.
Mallett set a school record with 3,869 passing yards in 2010 for Arkansas. He had 69 TD passes and 24 interception in a college career split between Michigan and Arkansas.
Cannon played left tackle as a senior at TCU after playing on the right side. He didn't allow a sack in his final two seasons in college.
Information from ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss was used in this report.