The commencement of Patriots training camp means the start of the NFL season cannot be too far away and, unfortunately for some, it also means time for roster trimming.
As CSNNE's own Tom E. Curran reports, New England engaged in this cold, but necessary activity on Wednesday.
My dark horse wideout candidate lavelle Hawkins had his contract terminated. Nick McDonald and Ashford were waived. #patriotstalk— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) July 31, 2013
Sorry, that's Perez Ashford. Udfa recently signed. Wideout.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) July 31, 2013
The name that sticks out most here is Nick McDonald. The fourth-year offensive lineman had played an important role in the trenches, occasionally starting for the Patriots in the previous two seasons and adding versatility with his ability to play at every single position on the line.
The Grand Valley State product was set to cost the Pats a little more than $650,000 against the cap in 2013, according to Spotrac. With his release, that figure, in dead money, is now around $25,000.
McDonald wasn't an entrenched starter but his removal means the Pats' depth at the offensive line takes a not insignificant hit.