They announced Vollmer’s release and it went on the league’s official transaction wire with a failed physical designation. Vollmer was on the physically unable to perform list for the entire 2016 season as a result of hip and shoulder injuries.
The stay on the PUP list meant that the final year of Vollmer’s contract, which called for him to make $2.25 million, tolled to this year. New England’s decision suggests that they had their doubts about Vollmer’s health and/or usefulness to the team moving forward.
Vollmer started 80 games for the Patriots since coming on board as a second-round pick in 2009. He was a strong player for the Patriots when healthy, but has now missed 38 games over the last six years so it wouldn’t be a great shock if this is the end of the line for him.