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With more than $29 million in 2009 cap dollars tied up in two guys at the same position, the New England Patriots have commenced the process of clearing some cap space.
Gone, according to Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe, are receiver Kelley Washington and offensive lineman Billy Yates.
The moves cleared roughly $1.5 million in cap space.
Washington joined the team during the Great Receiver Roundup of 2007.  In two seasons, he caught a grand total of one pass, for three yards.

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  1. joeybuttafucco says: Feb 17, 2009 8:10 PM

    Boy, Beaver, wait’ll the guys find out you were hanging around McDonalds. They’ll really give you the business.
    But gee, Wally, you hang around McDonalds and the guys don’t give you the business.
    Well, that’s because I’m a Democrat. You can do a lot of stuff when you’re a Democrat without getting the business.
    I guess when you’re a Democrat … it’s just different. Huh Wally?

  2. dlmcc0505 says: Feb 17, 2009 8:29 PM

    Kelley Washington was a good special teams player. His contributions never show up on the stat sheet, but with such a low salary they probably should have kept him around just for that. Then again the Patriots are much smarter than us when it comes to roster moves

  3. garyofferdahl says: Feb 17, 2009 8:33 PM

    “Washington joined the team during the Great Receiver Roundup of 2007”-Haaa

  4. markpmac says: Feb 17, 2009 8:33 PM

    Washington wasn’t used as a WR, Mike. He was strictly a special teamer, and a damn good one at that.

  5. JZuluaga1 says: Feb 17, 2009 8:56 PM

    Sure Kelley didn’t catch passes, but he was a great special teams contributor.

  6. blackglass3 says: Feb 17, 2009 9:10 PM

    Holy Christ that made no sense at all.
    Buttafucco = FAIL

  7. WorldChampionBears2008 says: Feb 17, 2009 9:30 PM

    1st. I don’t think Leave it to Beaver references are ever appropriate. It shows you age and your nerdity.
    2nd. Kelley Washington was very effective on Special Teams downing punts inside the 10. He wasn’t needed on the offense.

  8. HarrisonHits says: Feb 17, 2009 10:01 PM

    Washington was one of the Pats best special teamers. And since it seems likely that Izzo is headed for suspension it doesn’t make sense to let him go. This move I don’t quite get.

  9. Pantherfan105 says: Feb 17, 2009 10:51 PM

    How come this isn’t as cruel as Mr.Richardson cutting his employees? Same difference no? They have 30mill in cap space to spend. With a slumping economy football players need to make their money to no? It’s ok to say they sucked at their jobs and were fired because of it but not for the teams other random employees?

  10. FillyFinatic says: Feb 17, 2009 11:21 PM

    Yates will end up either in Miami, Cleveland or KC.

  11. DwaredominatesAgain says: Feb 17, 2009 11:31 PM

    “Wow he sucks”
    – Charles Rodgers

  12. MaineMan says: Feb 17, 2009 11:40 PM

    Yeah, Yates wasn’t a whole lotta help, but the Washington cut is kinda puzzling. He did seem pretty good on return coverage.

  13. Alpheratz says: Feb 18, 2009 7:24 AM

    If nobody scoops these guys up, they’ll both be back in New England at lower salaries.
    They both have value, and Coach is going to let the market determine what that value is.

  14. GR365 says: Feb 18, 2009 7:56 AM

    With all the new personel in the Front Office, these cuts prove at
    least operational. This is clearing the decks, Washington could be back. He is a dynamic ST’s player. Minimal salary. I think this is more about, identifying the core players. Hopefully we’ll start seeing, tenders soon!

  15. 3efin says: Feb 18, 2009 8:25 AM

    Kelly Washington was a pretty good special teams player WHEN HE WAS HEALTHY.
    Billy Yates was a good backup offensive lineman WHEN HE WAS HEALTHY.
    The trouble was that every time either of them played, they got hurt.
    You don’t make the club in the tub.

  16. dave61 says: Feb 18, 2009 9:48 AM

    Scoop of the month:::::: Belicheat is trying to acquire Derrek Anderson as a backup plan to Tom Brady… they want to trade Matt Cassels contract for draft choices, and according to Belichecks inside man, Anderson was a qb that was badly miscoached by his former coordinator. But funny that Eric Mangini is staying quiet as a mouse, thats right not a rat, a mouse….. The Jets want Derek Anderson, and being a total mole, could Belicheck be up to slapping down the franchise he truly despises? Minnesota and Chicago also have inquired about Anderson’s services

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