In March, the Pats swung a deal for Eagles receiver Greg Lewis.
In September, the Pats dumped him.
According to Adam Caplan of Scout.com, the Patriots have released Lewis, who caught three passes for 58 yards during the preseason.
A vested veteran, Lewis becomes an unrestricted free agent. His best season came in 2005, when he started 16 games (thanks in large part to the giant stick in T.O.’s butt), catching 48 passes for 561 yards.
Because Lewis made the cut on Saturday, our first guess was that Lewis had declined to take a pay cut. According to NFLPA records, however, his base salary was only $650,000. Unless he was due other compensation that he refused to reduce or abandon (such as a roster bonus), Lewis simply was holding the last spot on the roster as of today.
And it makes us wonder whether the Pats made the move in order to clear a place for defensive lineman Richard Seymour, whose trade to the Raiders looks to be tenuous at best, regardless of what anyone is saying.
UPDATE: The Patriots have announced the move, and they filled the roster spot with defensive back Bret Lockett, who was claimed on waivers from the Browns.