Can the Patriots afford to cut Dennard?

Can the Patriots afford to cut Dennard?
July 17, 2013, 1:45 am
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The Patriots aren't doing so hot right now.

Their receiving corps hasn't looked weaker in years, and their secondary was already a question mark. Now, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is in hot water after being arrested for a DUI in Nebraska.

If the Patriots offense can't get much clicking due to lack of talent, can the defense step in? The Boston Herald's Ron Borges sat down with Mike Felger and Bob Neumeier, and he doesn't have high hopes.
"That's the thing, I don't think they really can," Borges said. "I think the Baltimore games last year were the case in point. They lost a high-scoring game, and they lost a low-scoring game. They weren't good enough on either end, at least when they played Baltimore. I don't think they're going to win any 6-3 slugfests.

With a subpar-at-best defense, the Patriots can't lose any of their productive guys. Dennard looked to be a player that could help out on the outside, but with his latest arrest, some say the Patriots should cut him. Can the Patriots afford to cut Dennard and make a point that this behavior simply won't be tolerated in New England?

"I think you have to look at it in two different ways. From a purely football standpoint, probably not, but I think that in my opinion at least, there's larger issues that you have to deal with. Football coaches, they're looking at the moment. Owners, they're looking much further down field. It seems to me that it was only a few years ago, what did you hear about the Patriots, whoever they ring here - 'Well, he knows that one mistake and boom he's gone.' Well, it doesn't appear that they know that anymore.' For the longterm I think they have to make that very clear to people, and I think that's going to cost Dennard his job."

What do you think? Should the Patriots cut Dennard and make a point? Or is he too valuable to the team?