The Patriots still have questions at the tight end position, but they decided Daniel Fells wasn’t the answer.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots have released the veteran tight end.
They signed him to a three-year, $5.25 million deal last year, but he caught just four passes last year.
The fact he was on the field in the second half with Tim Tebow last night should have been a sign, but they’re apparently comfortable enough with their other options until Rob Gronkowski returns.
UPDATE 12:58 p.m. ET: According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, they’re releasing tight end Jake Ballard as well.
That leaves Gronkowski, undrafted rookie Zach Sudfeld and Michael Hoomanawanui at the position, which mean Gronkowski’s either closer to health than anyone realizes, or they have plans for Tebow we don’t know about.