The Patriots made a roster move this week and are likely to make another soon. Today the Patriots signed former Jaguars/Bills DT/DE Marcus Stroud. Stroud was released recently by the Bills after youth at the defensive line, a high salary, and a declining performance made him expendable. According to reports, Stroud signed a two-year deal with the Pats. I hardly think that Stroud was signed to solve what ails the team at defensive end, but was likely a depth move. Interestingly, Stroud struggled switching from 4-3 DT to 3-4 DE, so I’m not sure exactly what made the Patriots make a move so quickly. Gerard Warren, a veteran who signed with the team last offseason, did a very solid job converting from DT to DE and helped solidify a line that was decimated by injuries. One has to wonder where this moves leaves Warren, as I thought he was a shoe-in to return to the depth role he had last season.
While the Patriots added a player, there are reports out stating that they are ready to cut a veteran loose.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald is reporting that the Patriots are likely to part ways with OT Nick Kaczur. Kaczur did not play last season due to a back injury suffered in training camp. Reportedly, the Patriots asked him to take a pay cut to return with the team, and he refused to do so. Kaczur is slated to earn $3.4 million this coming season, and that’s not something the Pats are willing to do for a 31-year old lineman coming off a major back injury seemingly. Remember, the Patriots are trying to get Logan Mankins signed to a long-term deal (or at least I hope they are) and are likely looking to bring Matt Light back. With the emergence of Sebastian Vollmer and the likely upcoming draft selection(s) at the position, Kaczur seems to be deemed too costly.