The New England Patriots must release ten players in order to cut their roster down to 55 by 4:oo p.m eastern today, and the team has already cut three players in veteran defensive tackle Gerard Warren, safety Josh Barrett, and cornerback Ross Ventrone.
It’s a bit surprising that Ventrone was cut this early, but the other two are not surprises. Yesterday, I wrote that Warren was the most likely veteran cut. The older guys usually get the axe early as a courtesy by the team so that they can sign on with a team quicker. That was the case for Warren.
The 34-year-old will be owed $50,000 as part of his signing bonus, and some are speculating that he might not play in the NFL again.
Barrett is a good special teamer, but there are several safeties who are clearly better than him; such as rookies Tavon Wilson and Nate Ebner.
Ventrone is now in the 22nd transaction of his career, and it’s difficult not to feel for him. However, Marquice Cole has emerged as a contender for a roster spot and has value on special teams as well, so the Patriots decided to part ways with him. All three guys should be able to sign on somewhere, unless if Warren decides to retire.
I expect Ventrone to be re-signed by the Patriots at some point later in the season to complete the never-ending cycle. He brings CB depth for the team, so that is more than a possibility.
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