Patriots waive Asante Cleveland

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Tight end Asante Cleveland has probably received better Christmas gifts than the one he got from the Patriots on Friday.

Cleveland was waived so that the team could pick up cornerback Troy Hill off of waivers from the Bengals. We’ll pause now so that everyone can picture the ends of Bill Belichick’s mouth curving upward like he was the Grinch because we love a Christmas classic.

Hill had six tackles in three games for the Bengals before being waived so cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris could be added to the roster.

Unfortunate timing is about the only remarkable thing about the transaction. The Patriots, like many other teams, churn the bottom of the roster often and Cleveland drew the short straw this week for a move that wouldn’t have felt any better for Cleveland on December 26.

Cleveland, who has one catch in four games this season, will be available to the rest of the league on waivers. If he clears, he could be back with the Patriots to ruin the start of someone else’s new year.

25 responses to “Patriots waive Asante Cleveland

  1. He will be back on the Patriots practice squad soon enough. The Patriots told him that. His Christmas was not ruined.

  2. Troy Hill was supposed to be back on the Bengals practice squad too. That didn’t happen because the Pats picked him up, which could very well happen to Cleveland.

  3. He still collects a full game check for the week as he was on the roster as of the Tuesday deadline. Not a bad Christmas gift after all.

  4. Patriots still got the better end of that trade with the Niners, Jordan Devey is pure garbage

  5. One of the many things about Belichick I love is how he manages the roster. He doesn’t fall in love with guys and he turns the bottom of the roster week to week, not worrying about exposing guys to waivers. I have no doubt he likes Cleveland but with Gronk healthy, Chandler back and Fleming available to play tackle and blocking tight end Bill has more depth than he needs at tight end.

    Come training camp, Bill will have about 20 guys that have been on IR (or sidelined in some other way) in 2015 that will be fighting for a roster spot in 2016.

  6. Should of dropped Monte Ball, which would be fitting.
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    I heard he’s lost a couple of pounds so he’s where he belongs.

  7. bengalpower says:
    Dec 25, 2015 7:53 PM

    Troy Hill was supposed to be back on the Bengals practice squad too. That didn’t happen because the Pats picked him up, which could very well happen to Cleveland.
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    You’re missing the point. Cleveland was told don’t worry, we’ll add you back to the practice squad if you clear waivers. If you don’t clear waivers, it means someone else claimed him.

    So he knew he was not going to be out of work in either case.

  8. Pats, by not cutting him a day earlier, had to pay him an extra $30k. So he’s probably also had worse Christmas days.

    NFL’s fault for having waivers run on Christmas day.

  9. “I hope the jets don’t snag him for info”

    And I wish people would stop bringing up the idea that picking up players that had played for another team, even recently, provides some type of “counter intelligence” value as if it was a scene in a cheap knock off of a James Bond movie.

    I know it’s a hopeless wish but it is just very annoying when someone brings it up as something any nfl team would bother doing. I could point out the fact that if it DID provide any value every team would have the opportunity to do it and would do it before EVERY game already but I know it would be a waste of time.

  10. Had the Bengals not ruined Hill’s Christmas by waiving him hours before the Patriots put a claim in for him, the Patriots wouldn’t have had the opportunity to ruin Cleveland’s day!! But posting the same entry replacing the Patriots with the Bengals wouldn’t lead to as many hits and clicks for PFT, thus….reach for the low hanging fruit!!

  11. .
    Hill appears to be a little bit more of a project. He’s good insurance going into the playoffs where DBs become irreplaceable. However, more than likely he’ll go through the system and be in the mix for next season.
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  12. “It’s too bad they can’t put an NHL type rule where player drops/trades are forbidden for a few days around Christmas”

    No its not, it doesn’t make sense with a 16 game season the way it does with 82 games.

  13. Ghost Rat says:
    Dec 25, 2015 9:39 PM
    Don’t be surprised if Hill is starting across from Butler next season.
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    I’d be very surprised, considering the play of Logan Ryan, who has graded out better on PFF than Butler has. I can’t see this one happening.

  14. Nobody wants either of those players but the Patricheats, who rely on cheating and ref manipulation for thier success, need the scraps others discard to be thier starters. Losers and scumbags…all of em’.

  15. truthdispensary says:
    Dec 26, 2015 11:58 AM

    Nobody wants either of those players but the Patricheats, who rely on cheating and ref manipulation for thier success, need the scraps others discard to be thier starters. Losers and scumbags…all of em’.
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    Looks like a formula for success to me, but then, I am not one of the delusional Hater Faithful.

  16. Ironic that truthdispensary has no desire for the truth.

    If she had, she’d actively pursue a solution by demanding that the NFL come clean and provide all relevant information regarding and/all xxxxgate matters. Instead, despite the NFL’s well-documented lies and recognizable incompetence, she ignorantly (perhaps purposely) continues to be part of the problem by eagerly consuming the gruel the NFL feeds her without batting an eye.

    The NFL won’t come clean until the haters demand it.

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