By Mary Paoletti
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New England's release of Nick Kaczur, Alge Crumpler and Ty Warren headline a number of Friday afternoon moves.
The team also announced the official signing of third round draftee quarterback Ryan Mallett. Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, a fifth round draft pick out of Texas Christian, also signed. Terms of neither contract were announced.
Kaczur, a tackle drafted in 2005's third round, spent six seasons with New England. He started 62 of 68 regular season and seven playoff games. A training camp injury landed him on IR for most of last season.
Crumpler is a four-time NFL Pro Bowler, picked up by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 24, 2010. He started 10 of 16 regular season games and had six catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Warren was drafted 13th overall by New England in 2003. The Texas A&M product started 92 of 105 games in his eight years with the Patriots. In that time he recorded 496 tackles, 20.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. A hip injury relegated Warren to IR for the entire 2010 season.
The Patriots also released cornerback Tony Carter, Marcus Stroud and rookie free agent linebacker Ryan Coulson of Nevada.
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When Danny Amendola told the world on Tuesday that he's better than Tom Brady at ping pong, the quarterback must have been listening.
On his Facebook page, Brady published a snarling image of his face Photoshopped onto the body of a table tennis player. That paddle he broke after losing to Amendola three years ago? It's fixed, Brady explained in the caption. And he's ready for a rematch.
Talk about intimidation.
Vince Wilfork will be one of many well-known athletes to strip down and pose nude for photographs in ESPN The Magazine's's Body issue, joining a group that includes Cubs pitcher Jake Arrietta, Broncos defensive end Von Miller and Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
Judging by his latest tweet, the former Patriots defensive lineman -- who is listed at 325 pounds -- is getting pretty comfortable with the idea of becoming a model.
Now it's up to Tom Brady to play match-maker, it seems. Gisele retired from the runway last year so maybe her people are on the lookout for some new talent.
Bill Belichick released a statement on Buddy Ryan's passing Tuesday afternoon.
"Today is a sad day in football due to the passing of Buddy Ryan," Belichick said. "It was always very challenging to compete against Coach Ryan, who was father to a great football family that carries on his coaching and defensive tradition. My condolences are with the Ryan Family."
Belichick is certainly very familiar with Ryan's legacy and the tradition Ryan passed down to his sons Rex and Rob. The Patriots coach has competed against all three.
Rex Ryan has squared off with Belichick during his time as head coach for the Jets (2009-14) and Bills (2015-present), and their matchups go back to Rex's days with the Ravens (1999-2008) when he was a defensive line coach and then defensive coordinator.
Rob Ryan, like his brother, got his first NFL break when his father was the head coach of the Cardinals in the mid-1990s. His second break, though, came from Belichick. He joined the Patriots staff during Belichick's first year as head coach in 2000 and coached linebackers for four seasons in New England. He has since competed against Belichick as a defensive coordinator for the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys and Saints. Rob joined Rex in Buffalo this year to serve as an assistant on the staff there.
For Belichick's thoughts on the impact of Buddy Ryan's famous "46" defense, we dug up some of his comments from a 2012 press conference that you can find here. He called the combination of Ryan's scheme and the talented players Ryan had at his disposal as defensive coordinator of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears "pretty unblockable."