The New England Patriots have signed veteran free agent defensive end Mark Anderson and released first-year defensive tackle Marlon Favorite on Friday, according to a press release from the team.
Anderson is a five-year NFL veteran who played with the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans. Throughout his career, he has recorded 154 tackles, 25.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
In his rookie year, Anderson was named to the All-Rookie Team, was named NFL Defensive Rookie for the Month of October after recording six sacks and finished second in NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.
Favorite joined the Patriots practice squad in January 2011. He has spent the last two years on practice squads in St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, and New Orleans.
Sunday morning, as President Donald Trump resumed his attack on the National Football League, Patriots president and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement condemning Trump's call for NFL owners to "fire" players who protest against social injustice during the playing of the National Anthem.
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"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
Trump, meanwhile, was back on Twitter, renewing his demand for punishment -- or employment termination -- against such players: