One of the most underrated players of the Bill Belichick era in New England was let go by the team Friday in a somewhat surprising move.
Defensive end Ty Warren was among the list of Patriots cuts on Friday. Tackle Nick Kaczur and tight end Alge Crumpler were two other key pieces to their 2010 team that got the boot.
We only say it was “somewhat” surprising because Warren hasn’t been able to stay healthy in recent years and had a sizable contract. The acquisition of Albert Haynesworth and a young group of defensive linemen made the move possible.
It wouldn’t shock us if Warren was brought back at a lower price.
Kaczur has started 62 games for the Patriots, but missed all of last season. His release could be a sign that Matt Light’s expected re-signing is on the way.
Also officially cut on Friday: Tully Banta-Cain, Tony Carter, Marcus Stroud and rookie free agent Ryan Coulson. The veteran moves were previously reported.
The team also officially announced the acquisition of Chad Ochocinco.
UPDATE: Warren is healthy, but failed his conditioning test. He wants to play for the Cowboys, according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Here was a statement from Warren to the Boston Herald:
“I appreciate the Pats through the years. They’re doing some things defensively and choose to go in a different direction. I thank the Krafts for the opportunity and drafting me in 2003. It was a pleasure. I will be moving on to bigger and better things. We are sorting out and will look forward to wearing a contending NFL team jersey this fall.”