Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Patriots part with young former first-rounder Easley

The New England Patriots drafted defensive lineman Dominique Easley two years ago in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Less than two years before that anniversary, they let him go.

The team announced Wednesday it has cut the young defender, and with that, it will take a fairly large cap hit. So why?

Per ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss:
Start with health. Easley’s knees were an issue coming out of the University of Florida, and they remained a concern with the Patriots. His first two seasons (22 games played) ended prematurely because of knee and thigh injuries. That was a miscalculation by Belichick, who after drafting Easley said, “We feel like he’ll be all right.” 
Easley never truly was all right health-wise. So if the Patriots felt like Easley was an injury waiting to happen in 2016, one could understand the thinking to cut bait now.