The Patriots made some last minute moves on Monday, a day before the free agent market officially opens. The team made a handful of cuts, re-signed tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, and might have a new possibility in the cornerback department.
The Pats made six cuts today, though none very significant. All six of those players are entering their second year in the league. Running backs Sam McGuffie and Quentin Hines were released along with wide receiver T.J. Moe, offensive linemen Elvis Fisher and Brice Schwab, defensive tackle Cory Grissom, and linebacker Taylor Reed. McGuffie was perhaps the most notable, being known for his high school highlight reel. Grissom was on injured reserve for all of last season after suffering a high ankle sprain during the preseason. Hines and Fisher failed their most recent physicals after spending last season on the IR as well.
The Patriots re-signed Hoomanawanui to a two-year deal, as reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The Hooman has been a great backup for the past two seasons, stepping up to the plate on multiple occasions for the injury-riddled Rob Gronkowski. Hoomanawanui caught 12 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown in 2013.
A new possibility?:
NESN reported that free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner told Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio that “(New England) is definitely a possibility” in free agency and that “(Jason McCourty’s) brother (Devin) has been lobbying for me (to join Patriots).” McCourty however denied that he was recruiting the cornerback. The Patriots captain told Comcast SportsNet’s Tom Curran that although he likes Verner, “there’s only one cornerback I’m lobbying for and that’s Aqib (Talib).” Talib should definitely be the Pats number one priority for cornerback, but in the event that Talib walks, Verner wouldn’t be a terrible option. Verner played all four of his years in the NFL with Tennessee, recording 57 combined tackles and five interceptions in 2013. His season high for tackles was 101 in 2010.