Another Patriots player is available for teams to claim off waivers.
Considering cornerback Darius Butler’s second round pedigree, it’s a safe bet that will happen.
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe first reported Butler was let go. It’s possible the team tried to trade him first, but found no takers.
Butler was the No. 41 overall player of the 2009 draft, but he’s struggled with his confidence as a pro. Starting eight games in two years, Butler often appeared in position to make a play and then simply couldn’t make it.
New England is deeper this year at cornerback with Leigh Bodden healthy, but this is a disappointing move for the Patriots. Butler is the second highest player from the 2009 draft to get cut. (Aaron Maybin is higher. Alphonso Smith was traded by Denver.)
The Patriots took defensive tackle Ron Brace one spot ahead of Butler and he’s no lock to remain on the roster through the season.
It’s remarkable how the Patriots have thrived despite so many draft misses before last year’s bumper crop.