The Patriots released six veterans on Friday, including DE Ty Warren, OT Nick Kaczur and TE Alge Crumpler.
The team also cut CB Tony Carter, OLB Tully Banta-Cain and DL Marcus Stroud. Those releases had been previously reported.
Warren missed all of 2010 with a hip injury and he was set to make $3.1 million this season. He played in just 13 games in both 2008 and '09 because of injuries.
Kaczur also missed the entire 2010 season after suffering a back injury. He started at right tackle for five seasons before '10 and was set to make $3.4 million in 2011. PFW correspondent and Boston Herald writer Ian Rapoport reported in February that Kaczur was not interested in taking a pay cut.
Crumpler was signed in March of 2010 and was a key run blocker last season. The Patriots added TE Lee Smith in April's draft, who has a similar skill set to Crumpler.
The team also officially announced the acquisition of WR Chad Ochocinco.
The way we see it
Kaczur was not a surprise. Despite his versatility and experience, the team was not willing to pay him that salary for 2011, and drafted two O-linemen.
Warren is the surprise of the cuts. In April, he said he was not asked to take a pay cut, but he is injury prone. The team acquired Albert Haynesworth and managed without Warren all of 2010, but he is still an upgrade at the end position compared to the other D-linemen on the roster.
In Crumpler's case, he was very useful in 2010 and mentored Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Smith could eventually play his role and Gronkowski is a good run blocker as well.
All of these moves also appear to be salary-cap related.