According to reports, the Patriots will release OLB Tully Banta-Cain. Banta-Cain had surgery to repair an abdominal tear on Friday which put him out of action for about 4-5 weeks. This was lingering from the 2010 season and showed poor judgment on Banta-Cain’s part not taking care of it sooner. Whether that’s the reason for the release I can’t say.
You’ve got to believe that this opens the door for a free agent DE/OLB signing once free agency begins. Options to fill Banta-Cain’s spot include Jason Babin, Manny Lawson, Ray Edwards, Matthias Kiwanuka, Travis LaBoy, and Matt Roth. Click HERE to see my free agent spotlight piece on Matt Roth, and you can scroll down within that piece to see links to other free agent spotlights for the OLB position.