Monday, May 13, 2013

Pats release part-time starter Brandon Deaderick


Brandon Deaderick wasn't a star last year, but he was a rising contributor who played a relatively important role for the New England Patriots.

Whatever the case may be, it wasn't enough. New England announced Monday it released the rotational defensive lineman. (photo: Jeffrey Beall, Flickr)

Deaderick tallied two forced fumbles and a sack in the second half of last season, and according to, he was on the field for 48 of New England's 72 defensive snaps in its AFC Championship loss.

The former seventh-rounder worked his way up the depth chart the past three years, going on to play in 14 games and start five in 2012. His release is a bit of a surprise considering his productivity and standing on the depth chart in comparison to his $630,000 salary.

New England also cut practice squad receiver Andre Holmes and signed offensive linemen Tyronne Greene and R.J. Mattes in corresponding moves.

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