Well, that sure didn’t take long at all. Just shortly after arriving in New England, the Patriots decided to release RB Quentin Hines and LB Ian Sluss.
They signed on May 3rd as rookie free agents and participated in the rookie mini-camp this past weekend. Since they have released both Hines and Sluss, they now have 3 open roster spots. It’ll be interesting to see who they decide to pick up.
Hines started his college career at Cincinnati and appeared in just one game in 2009. He unfortunately missed the 2010 and 2011 seasons before finishing his career in 2012 at Akron. In his final season at Akron, he was used as the back-up running-back.
Sluss earned All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2012 and was also selected as the Portland State team MVP after leading the team with 104 tackles, with four interceptions and four fumble recoveries.
No need to worry about how much money the Patriots owe Hines and Sluss, as Hines only received a $1,000 signing bonus and Sluss doesn’t receive any cash, according to ESPN.
This was a very strong UDFA class that the Patriots brought in, but it’s to be expected that some guys would be cut early. There is still some quality veteran free agents still available on the market, especially John Abraham. It’s unclear on who’s going to sign Abraham because last week it was reported that the Patriots were likely to sign him. But, now it looks like the Tennessee Titans may sign Abraham after all.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we hear more updates on the situation.
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