It is official that former first-round pick and Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather is among the Patriots being released in the cut down to 53 players. While Meriweather’s status in the team has been in question all preseason, the release of James Sanders seemed to solidify Meriweather’s spot on the team, at least for this season. Apparently, that is not the case. I must admit that I’m a little shocked at Meriweather’s release with Sanders no longer on the team. Outside of Patrick Chung, the Patriots do not have any proven starters for the safety position. Don’t be surprised to see a veteran signing or trade in the near future. Also, Meriweather will likely have a new team before the holiday weekend is over.
Other notable cuts include DE Eric Moore, RB Sammy Morris, and fifth-round pick TE Lee Smith.
Update (4:07 p.m. EST): Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald confirmed via Twitter that WR Brandon Tate has been cut.