On Monday, agent Drew Rosenhaus officially commenced the representation of defensive lineman Dominique Easley. On Wednesday, the Patriots waived the 2014 first-round pick. On Thursday, Easley cleared waivers, the final two years of his rookie deal, with a guaranteed base salary of $1.083 million in 2016 unclaimed.
He’s now a free agent, able to sign with any team. Rosenhaus told Friday’s PFT Live that he’s confident someone else will give Easley a chance.
“Well, at this point I think it’s just a matter of them meeting with Dom,” Rosenhaus said. “Obviously, there’s been some speculation about his health, why the Patriots would release him. I think it’s a matter of clubs getting to meet him, getting to know him, spending time with him. Potentially taking him through a physical, getting comfortable with him. I think he’s just an elite talent. Once we get this process going and he starts to visit with clubs I think he’ll be signed very quickly and there are a lot of teams interested in him at this point. I don’t expect him to be unsigned for an extended period of time.”
An unnamed former teammate has called Easley a “locker room cancer,” and another source has described Easley as “disrespectful and irresponsible.”
Still, talent typically trumps those concerns. If another team concludes Easley has it, they’ll work on smoothing out any rough edges.