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Patriots tell Tully Banta-Cain he’s done


Tully Banta-Cain’s second stint with the New England Patriots has come to an end.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Patriots have informed Banta-Cain that he will be released on Thursday.

The 30-year-old Banta-Cain played in 15 games for the Patriots last season, starting six and recording five sacks. His best season came in 2009, when he played in all 16 games and had 10 sacks.

Banta-Cain was a seventh-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2003 and played in New England through 2006. He then spent 2007 and 2008 with the 49ers before returning to the Patriots for two more years.

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26 Responses to “Patriots tell Tully Banta-Cain he’s done”
  1. semperfi24 says: Jul 26, 2011 12:33 PM

    Now I understand why the Pats went after Herzlich…oh wait, they didnt…

    Maybe TBC comes back for a minimum contract. Plus the Pats have 10 LBs on the roster that can get you 5 sacks, so this frees up money that can be spent on Mankins, or possibly on other free agents that they have been eyeballing… Not a surprise if you ask me.

  2. Tim says: Jul 26, 2011 12:34 PM

    They already have the law firm.. the lockout is forcing them to cut back on lettering on jerseys!

  3. benfaith says: Jul 26, 2011 12:34 PM

    he wasnt good anyways

  4. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 26, 2011 12:34 PM

    eh we can live without him belichick saw 5 sacks for 4.5 million and laughed

  5. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 26, 2011 12:39 PM

    Too bad he couldn’t stay healthy. He should have had that surgery earlier.

  6. brettfavrecellphone says: Jul 26, 2011 12:42 PM

    World needs plenty of bartenders.

  7. homelanddefense says: Jul 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    while I agree that he is nothing special, he was still one of their best pass rush options. I was already worried about the OLB position.

  8. CKL says: Jul 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    Well as average as TBC is, the Pats don’t seem to most of us Pats fans to have a plethora of OLB right now. Plus TBC doesn’t seem likely to miss gameday availability with the length of time his recovery is supposed to take and they are under the cap too so it’s not like they “have” to cut him now. So either they are happy with the development of their other guys last year or they have decided that a few other low key moves @ OLB will more than suffice to replace him.

  9. steelbydesign says: Jul 26, 2011 12:58 PM

    Who’s going to put any pressure on the QB for New England?

  10. evinnie says: Jul 26, 2011 1:08 PM

    Not a Pats fan (at all), but this feels wrong. He was a team player and did everything the pats asked from him.

  11. rc33 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:09 PM

    Bringin’ back Willie McGinest and Andre Tippett.

  12. bspurloc says: Jul 26, 2011 1:11 PM

    no one can get to brady….


  13. cylondetector says: Jul 26, 2011 1:15 PM

    Hats off to TBC – for a 7th rounder he did a great job for the Patriots in his two stints with the team – he even managed to get a fat payday along the way from the 49ers.

    Alot of people are discounting the natural improvement that the Patriots LBer corps is going to develop this year.

    No-one is going to confuse them for the the Steelers LBers, but I expect guys like Dane Fletcher, Gary Guyton, Eric Moore and Rob Ninkovich to get better and better.

    Thanks for the memories TBC!

  14. sterilizecromartie says: Jul 26, 2011 1:16 PM

    I guess the Pats have a secret plan to bring Mike Vrabel, Teddy Bruschi, and Willie McGinest back out of retirement to play LB. Because right now, that position is looking pretty thin.

  15. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jul 26, 2011 1:18 PM

    This move makes sense. What will make no sense is if Belichick doesn’t pick up a pass rusher—Kiwanuka, Roth, or whoever—via free agency.

  16. goawayeverybody says: Jul 26, 2011 1:30 PM

    I thought Tully played very well last season. This move makes no sense whatsoever. I’m sure he will land on someone’s roster this season.

  17. phinheads says: Jul 26, 2011 1:31 PM

    A team truly on the decline.

  18. wannabeqb says: Jul 26, 2011 1:50 PM

    Hes a pretty average OLB at best so I’m not too bothered he is gone. In his best year he got 10 sacks (I think) but 5 were in the 2 games against the Bills. We would have lacked pass rush with or without him.

    I hold out hope for a FA OLB signing but I think BB was burned by the Adalius Thomas signing that went so wrong.

  19. jpak12 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:57 PM

    phinheads says:
    Jul 26, 2011 1:31 PM
    A team truly on the decline

    Ya 14-2 with a large number of rookies starting and/or actually contributing

    Gronkowski-10 TDs
    Hernandez-563 6 TDs
    Spikes-61 tackles
    Cunningham-2 forced fumbles(despite missing most of training camp with a knee injury)
    Fletcher-23 tackles 2 sacks

    I would say the dolphins are a team in decline but can they really get any lower?

  20. 1historian says: Jul 26, 2011 2:09 PM

    I saw a picture in the Herald this morning of Colts center Jeff Saturday with his arm around Pats owner Robert Kraft. Nice. And Saturday said some nice things about Kraft’s having helped get the lockout settled and there is the fact that Kraft recently lost his wife of many years.

    So in thanks for that picture and what he (Saturday) said I’m going to refrain from snarky remarks about the Colts for awhile, but when the annual Pats – Colts showdown gets close I’ll probably be back.

  21. Nevis says: Jul 26, 2011 2:15 PM

    Uh, I could have told you that the year he was a 49er. Never been anything.

  22. jerseypatriot76 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:37 PM

    Tully was a nice find as he was a special teamer, went to San Fran, came back and had a really good year in 2009. But, when he got paid, and overpaid, he just was not the same player. Maybe Belichick is finally figuring out that he is not going to win another Super Bowl if he can’t get guys to rush the quarterback. Mark Sanchez had as much as he wanted to throw in the playoff game. It does not matter how good your offense is, defense still wins championships. I look forward to see who the Patriots pick up in free agency.

  23. jolink653 says: Jul 26, 2011 4:15 PM

    TBC was good for 2009 but let’s be honest he was average at best last season, most of the time being taken out of the play by a single lineman and almost a total non-factor in the pass rush. Once people caught onto his bull rush in a straight line routine he was simple to block and therefore had no way to get to the quarterback. Maybe Bill can bring him back on a much lower salary and use that money for a kiwanuka or a manny lawson who i think would do well in our system. Cunningham is also on the way up and I’d like to see more of eric moore who looked promising in his limited time last year. With leigh bodden coming back and butler being pushed into the nickel the secondary should be better equipped to handle the pass even without a dramatically improved pass rush

  24. momentumtech says: Jul 26, 2011 5:49 PM

    A lot of teams are looking for “just average” linebackers who can rush the QB. The injury will hurt his prospects but he will definitely land somewhere as a backup at least.

  25. pfii63 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:44 AM


    No, he didn’t do everything that was asked of him. While I like TBC and think he has done very well for himself and the Patriots, he was given instructions on how to manage his injury, and didn’t do it. His timing for surgery takes him out of training camp. He was also out of camp last year. This move was about maintaining the “Patriot way.”

    The message coming out of the locker room post-lockout is the same one that existed before the lockout: Do Your Job.

  26. ocgunslinger says: Jul 28, 2011 10:56 AM

    Seem that his delay of this surgery was a mistake. With full knowledge that the lockout was on he should have had that surgery and be ready to compete the minute the lockout was settled. Maybe there was a good reason why he didn’t do the surgery but……..

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