Dominique Easley goes unclaimed, becomes a free agent

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The Patriots didn’t want defensive tackle Dominique Easley. Neither did anyone else.

Easley, the 2014-first-round pick whom the Patriots waived yesterday, cleared waivers today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. That makes him an unrestricted free agent.

Although Easley is undeniably talented, there have been questions about him off the field, and questions about his injury history. So it’s not a shock that no one wanted to pick him up.

Easley will surely find a team willing to give him a shot in training camp, but he’ll likely have to take a salary of not much more than the league minimum. If he can prove himself on a new team this year, perhaps he’ll make himself some money next year.

24 responses to “Dominique Easley goes unclaimed, becomes a free agent

  1. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Vikings pick him up.

    Spielman models his system after the Patriots and Easley seems like the kind of athletic freak that Mike Zimmer likes to coach up.

  2. I’m sure the Cowboys will sign him. They are always looking for leaders.

  3. too much talent to ignore, and at the league minimum? sounds like a no brainer for a number of teams

  4. Carroll reportedly would have taken him hadn’t NE two drafts back. I think teams will wait until after their drafts before one of them signs him.

  5. He comes pre-broken and has serious durability issues. As a Giants fan I’m surprised my man Jerry Reese wasn’t all over that, maybe there’s hope for him yet. (JK, I know there is little to no reason to think Reese will see the light)

  6. Pats got Butler as a FA. You get this first round bust but the guy off the street is a super bowl star. Life often evens out…

  7. abninf says:
    Apr 14, 2016 6:36 PM
    The Deflater needs a job as well.
    He was reinstated about six months ago…

  8. Belichick hasn’t always drafted well in the 2nd or 3rd rounds, but almost all of his 1st rounders have ended up as starters. A failed pick like this is evened out by late round gems like Edelman (7th), Butler (UDFA), and some guy named Brady (6th).

  9. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Apr 14, 2016 7:04 PM
    Another cheat bust. No Brady, that’s a four win football team.

    But they would still beat your team 99/100 games….

  10. ttommytom says:
    Apr 14, 2016 6:40 PM

    Pats got Butler as a FA. You get this first round bust but the guy off the street is a super bowl star. Life often evens out…


    One of the things that makes Belichick great is that everybody has to make the team and anyone can make the team.
    You never have a Gholston coasting on his draft status because cutting him will make the decision makers look bad.
    You never have a Woodhead being cut to keep guys who were drafted but aren’t as good.
    Belichick doesn’t worry about being criticized, he just accepts reality and moves on.

  11. He was still on his rookie contract so he would have been cheap to claim off waivers. Getting cut after 2 seasons as a first round pick doesn’t bode well for his future.

  12. I suspect there is more to his injury than publicly revealed. If it was simply a poor work ethic or attitude some team would have taken a shot at turning it around in order to get the talent vs price reward that would offer. One of the issues was him ignoring medical advice instead seeking his own treatments (or just skipping it) which were not proving to be as effective. They have been absorbing that behavior this offseason and taking a wait and see approach. My sense is that it was time for them to ‘see’ where his progress was and he was behind. How far behind would be a guess but my guess is that it was more than a little to just cut him. Would not be surprised if it turned out he wasn’t going to be ready for camp and even posdible won’t be ready for season. That and his history of not working to resolve the situation would be enough for a cut. Also likely other coaches are aware of this is why they are not jumping on it like so many predicted. As the article said, someone is going to try to work with him but it’s going to have to be on the dirt cheap because of how much risk he creates with his approach. It’s even possible the Patriots would try to work with it if they did not to have to be rolling the dice with so much money and cap room.

  13. Not a lot of meaningful comments here. Quite a few guys look like saw the Patriots in the headline and skipped right down to troll. These guys are kind of pretty hard up huh? Do they truly have nothing in their world or team they can celebrate that all they have left is trolling? Gee, sorry guys, that’s gotta be tough.

  14. Maybe I’ve missed some things from watching him play, but I don’t understand why all of these accolades about talent and athleticism keep getting thrown around with Easley. I thought the guy was pretty mediocre overall when he wasn’t injured.

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