Patriots release Gonzalez, sign three others

Patriots release Gonzalez, sign three others
May 29, 2012, 7:00 pm
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New England headlined some Tuesday afternoon action with the release of wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez.

The team is now down to 11 receivers on its active roster.

Gonzalez was signed to a one-year deal on March 17. The receiver had 99 career catches for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns in five seasons with Indianapolis. His time there was pocked by injury; Gonzalez played just 11 games in the last three seasons. Upon his arrival in New England, he said the worst was behind him and he hoped to make his mark here.

Mini-camp is just two weeks away.

On the plus side, the Pats signed unrestricted free agent OL Jamey Richard, rookie free agent tight end Nick Melillo, and seventh-round draft pick defensive back Alfonzo Dennard.

Bringing in another TE for the meantime makes sense. Defensive end Alex Silvestro had to play the part during Thursday's OTA session as Rob Gronkowski is still physically limited and Daniel Fells was absent.

Melillo is a 6-foot-2, 226-pound rookie free agent out of Kentucky. He played 32 games, catching 23 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown while with the Wildcats.

Tom Curran wrote a great story about why Dennard's thought to be worth backing -- reportedly, to the tune of four years, 2.157 million.

Richard was brought in on Friday.