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Patriots announce Sebastian Vollmer’s release

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Word this week was that the Patriots were going to release right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and the team confirmed it on Friday.

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.

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  1. deneb1973 says: Mar 3, 2017 6:18 PM

    NE amortized the last of his signing and option bonus last year though they kept him on the team. If he had retired it is unclear if any of those payments could have been recovered. This closes the possibility that the team will get any monies back so it may have been a classy move to ensure Vollmer would not need to repay anything. Just a thought.

  2. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 3, 2017 6:30 PM

    … so it may have been a classy move …
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    Comments like this don’t go over well with Loser Nation (i.e., PIT, MIA, NYJ, NYG, IND, BAL, DEN fans), just saying.

  3. descendency says: Mar 3, 2017 6:32 PM

    When healthy, Vollmer was a legit top 5 OT. He struggled to stay healthy, though.

  4. uglydingo says: Mar 3, 2017 6:57 PM

    Part of Bill Belichick’s brilliance is his ability to make tough decisions and chop good players who have served the team well. BB has no sentiment in evaluating talent.
    Farewell und danke schon to Herr Vollmer.

  5. doylemcmuffin says: Mar 3, 2017 7:01 PM

    Loser nation? We (Denver) won the super bowl the year before you and beat you twice that season BTW. 9-7 ain’t that bad for a post SB win year. I like the Pats when we don’t play you, but fans like you make it really hard.

  6. jjb0811 says: Mar 3, 2017 7:04 PM

    So much for “name a team” for life.

  7. kissbillsrings says: Mar 3, 2017 7:08 PM

    Wish Sea Bass the best & thank him for all his contributions….
    He was AWESOME when healthy!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  8. plum54 says: Mar 3, 2017 7:20 PM

    “9-7 ain’t that bad for a post SB win year” ?? Low standards in Denver! Yes, loser nation includes those that FAIL to make the playoffs!!
    SMH over that post!!

  9. dansardo says: Mar 3, 2017 7:40 PM

    He was partnif the greatest dynasty in NFL history. Give him his due for that.

  10. DinoScapelli says: Mar 3, 2017 7:43 PM

    Seabass was a tremendous find in Round 2, and was the Patriots’ best Tackle when healthy. I hope he thrives in retirement.

  11. mammothfan says: Mar 3, 2017 8:08 PM

    AFC East = Loser nation

    The pats are in it every year thanks to that cup cake division! The chargers would be guaranteed 6 wins a year in that division! I can’t wait when Tom Brady retires and the patriots become the next version of cowboys fans talking about the good old days!!

  12. golforepar says: Mar 3, 2017 8:15 PM

    The Vikings want to know if he can throw or kick!

  13. kissbillsrings says: Mar 3, 2017 8:36 PM

    PLEASE STOP WITH THE AFC EAST easy division comments…. The AFC East beats many so called superior teams regularly & the Pats have a similar record against EVERY OTHER DIVISION IN BOTH CONFERENCES….

  14. tedmurph says: Mar 3, 2017 8:51 PM

    Yeah the Broncos had it really tough when Oakland was winning 3-4 gms every and San Diego was a middle of the pack team. What happens? Oakland gets good, cupcake time is over and Denver misses the playoffs.

  15. joe0523 says: Mar 3, 2017 8:55 PM

    mammothfan says:
    Mar 3, 2017 8:08 PM
    AFC East = Loser nation

    The pats are in it every year thanks to that cup cake division! The chargers would be guaranteed 6 wins a year in that division! I can’t wait when Tom Brady retires and the patriots become the next version of cowboys fans talking about the good old days!!
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    Actually the chargers went 0-1 against the AFC east last year losing to Miami. Nice try tho schmuck

  16. dangguy says: Mar 3, 2017 10:24 PM

    Sorry to see Mr. Vollmer go. He was a steady force who Tom Brady could trust. By all accounts he is a good guy and I wish him good health and good luck in the future. He will me missed.

  17. mammothfan says: Mar 3, 2017 10:29 PM

    Okay so the dolphins beat a injury riddled charger team. The chargers would go 5-1 in the division. Pats fans keep defending those perennial turds that are the bills jets and dolphins. I hope next year one of those teams will actually challenge the pats.

  18. seatownballers says: Mar 3, 2017 10:53 PM

    If he had the slightest feel to play one more year at his hardest, Seahawks should pave a gold road

  19. ricko1112 says: Mar 3, 2017 11:24 PM

    mammothfan says:
    Mar 3, 2017 8:08 PM
    AFC East = Loser nation

    The pats are in it every year thanks to that cup cake division! The chargers would be guaranteed 6 wins a year in that division! I can’t wait when Tom Brady retires and the patriots become the next version of cowboys fans talking about the good old days!!
    _________________
    NE actually has a better winning % outside of the AFC East. They went 5-0 vs the AFC North. Beat Pittsburgh twice. NE would run roughshod over ANY division.

  20. lifetimefan says: Mar 4, 2017 5:21 AM

    A classy move by a classy organization toward a classy player. Vollmer came out of Houston as a pretty green (had not played a lot of football) tackle with a history of back problems. Tried to find Kiper’s grade on him but could not get it. I seem to remember him being called a reach. As with Logan Mankins, a guy with some questions, became a stalwart lineman for the Pats.

    Never any off field issues, had some injuries but that is a tough position to play.

    He is a very big man and with last years shoulder and hip problems I hope he retires while is body is still ok.

    SeaBas, thanks for all of the hard work and effort through all of those years.

  21. Rolo Tomassi says: Mar 4, 2017 5:49 AM

    When will Green Bay cut Clay Mathews?

  22. tdonn says: Mar 4, 2017 6:41 AM

    Chargers V AFCE
    2016 0-1
    2015 0-0
    2014 2-2
    2013 0-1
    2012 1-0
    2011 2-2
    2010 0-1
    2009 1-1* Post season lost to the Jets

    One winning year out of 8..You sure you want 6 games a year against the AFC East?

    And Brady retiring doesn’t mean we go back to the cellar where we came from, those days are gone…It just means we won’t be in every other Super Bowl 😉

  23. ladiesandedelman says: Mar 4, 2017 7:04 AM

    Could the Chargers then go into the playoffs and beat every good AFC team and oh wait…then go to the SuperBowl and beat the best NFC team yea I don’t think so. Patriots are the beat Dynasty/Team in the Hiatory of the NFL and if you think it’s going to stop when Brady is done your dreaming. Garoppolo will take over for Brady and it will be Business as usual. If Patriots don’t trade Garoppolo that should worry the whole NFL because the winning isn’t going to stop when Brady is done.

  24. tigerlilac says: Mar 4, 2017 7:38 AM

    Vollmer is one of many productive second round draft picks made by Belichick. Others:

    Gronkowski
    Light
    Branch
    Collins
    Vereen
    Wilson
    Chung
    Garoppolo

    He has had misses but all of the above were critical in super bowl wins.

  25. jfdjr says: Mar 4, 2017 8:32 AM

    Thank you, Sea Bass. I hope you’ll enjoy retirement as much as I’ve enjoyed watching you work. You played no small role in the Pats’ successes of the last several years. Pats’ Nation thanks you!

  26. weepingjebus says: Mar 4, 2017 9:59 AM

    Sea bass has been great. Played hard, multiple championships, never complained or caused trouble. I understand why this is confusing to fans of other teams.

  27. provpats says: Mar 4, 2017 1:17 PM

    During BB’s tenure

    AFCE WP .731
    All others WP .742

    Nuff said

  28. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 4, 2017 5:52 PM

    youknowiknowitall says:
    Mar 3, 2017 6:30 PM
    … so it may have been a classy move …
    ———–
    Comments like this don’t go over well with Loser Nation (i.e., PIT, MIA, NYJ, NYG, IND, BAL, DEN fans), just saying.
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    I apparently forgot to include the lone SD fan. Sorry, Cupcake, my mistake.

  29. rc33 says: Mar 5, 2017 5:02 PM

    I can’t wait when Tom Brady retires and the patriots become the next version of cowboys fans talking about the good old days!
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    May happen, may not. The only thing that’s certain is you don’t have a clue what’ll occur. Might wanna spend more time worrying about whatever free-bowl-of-soup franchise you root for.

  30. mammothfan says: Mar 5, 2017 6:51 PM

    Rout for the broncos and am pretty fortunate the have been competitive since the 70’s. They may have been in a lot of super bowl blow outs but al least they have been in a afc championship every decade since super bowl 12.

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