The Patriots have released defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, a 2010 seventh-round pick who started five games for the team in 2012.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman played in 34 games with 14 starts and has registered 51 total tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in his time with the Patriots. He has also played in six postseason games, comiling 11 tackles and one sack.
At the moment, there is no information as to why the Patriots decided to cut ties with Deaderick, but the move is surprisng. Deaderick is a young player who produced while he was a member of the team. However, his inexpensive contract makes him easy player to part ways with.
On top of the Deaderick release, the Patriots signed OL Tyronne Greene, and rookie free agent R.J Mattes. This puts their roster at the maximum numbe of 90 players. Although we are only in May, this makes for an interesting battle on the defensive line come training camp.