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Patriots cut Markell Carter

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The crowded depth chart along the defensive line in New England has claimed its first victim.

Markell Carter said goodbye to Boston and Patriots fans on his Twitter account on Thursday morning and Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe quotes a source saying that Carter has been released. Carter was a sixth-round pick out of Central Arkansas in 2011 and spent the entire year on the practice squad transforming himself from a college linebacker into a defensive end.

Normally the release of a player like Carter wouldn’t cause much of a ripple, but circumstances make this one a little more interesting. Carter was named the Patriots’ practice squad player of the week seven times last season and the team chose to give him a raise from $149,000 to $306,000 in order to keep him from joining another team last season. That indicated plans for the future involving Carter, but those plans obviously changed.

Part of the change likely has to do with the work the Patriots have done to shore up the line this offseason. They signed Jonathan Fanene and Trevor Scott as free agents and drafted Chandler Jones and Jake Bequette in April. They have also been using Rob Ninkovich at defensive end a bit during OTAs, all of which added up to a losing situation for Carter.

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11 Responses to “Patriots cut Markell Carter”
  1. CKL says: Jun 7, 2012 10:05 AM

    It’s a little more sad that the average cut because he’s supporting his sister who has lupus. I wish both of them well.

  2. denverwally says: Jun 7, 2012 10:17 AM

    A team tried to sign him off of the Pats practice squad last sesaon which prompted the Pats give him the raise to keep him. I think there will be a job somewhere for him in the league.
    Good luck Markell.

  3. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 7, 2012 10:32 AM

    In the last 2 drafts if Belichick couldn’t pull off a Cannon/Dennard type steal in the bottom half of the draft it seemed like he was just killing time until UDFA’s became available.

    Examples:
    Lee Smith – Cut before week 1
    Malcolm Williams – Couldn’t even beat out mid-season UDFA Sterling Moore for playing time
    Markell Carter – Couldn’t make the roster even after losing Jermaine Cunningham and Andre Carter.
    Nate Ebner – Rugby player with similar football experience/skillset to Malcolm Williams.
    Jeremy Ebert – Slot receiver with minimal chance to make a roster crowded with veteran WRs in 2012.

  4. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 7, 2012 10:36 AM

    Snap him up, Bengals! I know he could beat Derrick Harvey for a spot.

  5. 6ball says: Jun 7, 2012 10:40 AM

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    At least he has an opportunity to survey the field and hook on with a team with a less crowded roster.

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  6. homelanddefense says: Jun 7, 2012 10:48 AM

    yet somehow Jermaine Cunningham still has a spot.

  7. ampats says: Jun 7, 2012 10:54 AM

    Interesting as several roster projections posted on ESPN had Carter as a bubble player who could make the roster. Gives him a chance to catch on with another team and gives Pats fans some insight as to where the roster is today.

    Next week Mandatory Mini Camp and six weeks till training camp starts.

    Celts end “dream team” hopes tonight and Bron Bron goes home!

  8. tinbender2000 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:56 AM

    Just what the salary capped Raiders can use. Upside without a downside.

  9. mullman7675 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:28 AM

    If the pays are looking to trevor scott to fill in some holes hey will be disappointed. A good player, but he CAN NOT stay healthy. However, he was a good RAIDER, I hope he performs for the chowds.

  10. mullman7675 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:29 AM

    …the pats I mean..

  11. gallogj says: Jun 7, 2012 12:40 PM

    Who?

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