September 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace (97) prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M

New England Patriots waive Ron Brace, activate Jermaine Cunningham


Ron Brace has been a huge disappointment ever since the New England Patriots selected him in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. It finally looked like he was going to at least put forward something positive in training camp, but that never materialized into anything as he had another mediocre year in 2012. Brace recorded just four tackles and saw himself continue to slip on the team’s depth chart.

Yesterday, the New England Patriots finally ended Brace’s time on the team by waiving him, and it is a move that had to be done and is best for both sides. Brace never even came close to amounting to the expectations put on him due to his talent. You could see that the potential for him to be a quality starter in this league was there, and maybe he can realize that potential with another team. I hope he does, but this miserable season from him proved that the team he will perform well on won’t be the Patriots.

Brace was waived to help make room for the signing of two players from the practice squad, as well as the activation of Jermaine Cunningham to the 53-man roster. Cunningham is done serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and it is great to have the solid pass rushing rotational DL back. His presence will be felt, and that pass rushing influx is definitely needed heading into the playoffs.

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