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Patriots releasing Josh Kline

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots reacts alongside Tom Brady #12, Josh Kline #67 and Rob Gronkowski #87  after catching a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Getty Images

In August, the Patriots were reportedly set to cut center Bryan Stork before the Redskins surfaced with a trade offer that was to New England’s liking.

That didn’t go exactly as planned, however, as Stork failed a physical in Washington and saw his rights revert back to New England briefly before getting released as expected in the first place. Tuesday brought another unusual set of circumstances involving a Patriots attempt to trade an offensive lineman.

Initial reports were that the Eagles traded cornerback Eric Rowe to the Patriots in exchange for guard Josh Kline and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick, but those shifted by the end of the day to Rowe for just the pick with Kline not involved in the deal at all. Now he’s not a member of the Patriots either.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots are releasing Kline on Wednesday. Kline made 13 starts at guard last season, but the Patriots acquired other options this offseason and will be moving in a different direction up front. Kline has known that for most of the last 24 hours, but the shift in trade terms means he’ll now be choosing one of his own.

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22 Responses to “Patriots releasing Josh Kline”
  1. thecape15 says: Sep 7, 2016 7:02 AM

    C’mon O line. We need to get it together.

  2. patriottony says: Sep 7, 2016 7:02 AM

    Can anybody explain this? I thought Kline was Andrews Backup at Center after they let stork go….WHO IS THE BACKUP CENTER?

  3. 3andone says: Sep 7, 2016 7:19 AM

    I guess you could say he was deKlined!

  4. rip66 says: Sep 7, 2016 7:21 AM

    Someone tell Joe Banner, maybe the Pats know a thing or two about making trades in this league. Its funny how they were being fleeced for a guy the Eagles were going to cut only to turn around and cut the guy ( Kline ) who was part of the trade!!!! He has had about as much success as I have had in the league.

  5. tv426 says: Sep 7, 2016 7:41 AM

    Saints – go get him!

  6. eagleswin says: Sep 7, 2016 7:58 AM

    It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours for Kline. There has to be more to this story that we’ll never know.

  7. streetyson says: Sep 7, 2016 8:11 AM

    Some think there’s a mystery but it’s prob just fallout from an unrelated fluid trade dynamic: Kline became surplus, offered as a sweetener, became a possible useful contingency for the Eagles but other competing roster needs/changes all impacting on the final 53 did or didn’t happen, trumping Kline and meant they no longer wanted or needed someone they felt would (as a result of all those other situations) no longer make their final team.

    Kline might be carrying a health issue but he never went to Philly & didn’t fail a Philly physical. He’s an ok backup line-filler, so if healthy expect to see him rostered somewhere once injuries hit teams’ lines.

  8. 6ball says: Sep 7, 2016 8:14 AM

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    It was reported that Kline was earmarked to be traded to a third party as part of a three way deal. Apparently, the other team went in another direction.
    .

  9. nflequalswwe says: Sep 7, 2016 8:35 AM

    As a Pats fan this is awesome, as it means Mason and Cooper’s injuries are unlikely lingering. Kline is an emergency option at best and it’s no surprise the worst Patriots O-line in years correlates with him starting 13 games.

  10. quickbooks12 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:46 AM

    You can look at it in two ways.

    1. Moral Approach: Patriots were going to cut their guy anyway and was trying to see if another team will take them so the guy can keep playing and get paid the same.

    2. Business Approach: Patriots were going to cut the guy anyway, might as well get something for them in a trade.

    Either makes sense

  11. mindelm42 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:06 AM

    GIANTS should jump on this, although know Reese he won’t.

  12. justbegbaby says: Sep 7, 2016 9:17 AM

    Tammy wasnt happy with him (she may be suspended but she still runs the team).

  13. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 7, 2016 9:29 AM

    This a good sign for Patriots fans..Means Thueny and Cooper are both gonna contribute right away and its also insurance with Rowe at cb , hes a talented player with huge upswing that gives Pats insurance with Logan Ryan and D. Harmon in contract years next year…Good planning by the team with the most cap space ( over 59 million ) heading into 2017!!!! #another20yearrun

  14. surfinbird1 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:40 AM

    Sounds like ESPN needs some better insiders.

  15. footballboozer says: Sep 7, 2016 9:44 AM

    So, did BB just fleece another general manager???

  16. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 9:54 AM

    OMG Belichick is a genius! He’s so wicked smaht!

    -Pats Homer

  17. micronin127 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:31 AM

    I’m certain the trade was agreed to player-for-pick.

    Philly probably asked: “Who are you going to cut to make room for Rowe?”

    NE: “Josh Kline. Why, do you want him?”

    Philly: “Definitely maybe…”

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 7, 2016 10:38 AM

    justbegbaby says:
    Sep 7, 2016 9:17 AM
    Tammy wasnt happy with him (she may be suspended but she still runs the team).

    —————

    Oh please. Brady wasn’t happy with the Logan Mankin’s trade but it still went through. Brady knows without the Patriots system, he is just a below average backup QB he was at Michigan.

  19. finchy74 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:02 PM

    The Patriots seem to be the only team that not only doesn’t need consistency on the offensive line, they actively avoid it. It seems like every summer, there’s transactions being made involving that line but they still somehow make it work.

    Granted, it helps when you have a qb that despite not being terribly mobile is a savant when dealing with pressure, but it’s still surprising how much turnover occurs on that line every year.

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:11 PM

    “Tammy wasnt happy with him (she may be suspended but she still runs the team).”

    Lolz its hard to find weaker smack talk than someone calling a pro athlete whose taken so many hard hits and bounced right back up that he’s long ago lost count, when the person doing the name calling would most likely be put into the hospital by a single one of those hits.

    SMH

  21. jld62 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:35 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 7, 2016 10:38 AM
    justbegbaby says:
    Sep 7, 2016 9:17 AM
    Tammy wasnt happy with him (she may be suspended but she still runs the team).

    —————

    Oh please. Brady wasn’t happy with the Logan Mankin’s trade but it still went through. Brady knows without the Patriots system, he is just a below average backup QB he was at Michigan.
    ====================================
    Just because Brady wasn’t a household name coming out of Michigan doesn’t mean that he was a “below average backup QB”. Just for the record, he started every game his junior and senior years (20-5), was team MVP as a senior, and set Orange Bowl records that stand to this day.

  22. demskinsbaby says: Sep 7, 2016 7:06 PM

    Kline would rather be released than to go to that dumpster fire in Philly.

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