The New England Patriots cut former Indianapolis Colts first-round wide
receiver Anthony Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was signed during free agency, but the Patriots have a crowded
receiving corps with Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Jabar Gaffney and Chad Ochocinco.
A former Ohio State standout, Gonzalez has caught 99 passes for 1,307
yards and seven touchdowns in five seasons with the Colts.
Last season, Gonzalez played in eight games and had zero catches.
Gonzalez, 27, has struggled with injuries, limiting him to 12 career
starts. He was placed on injured reserve in 2009 and 2010, but caught a
career-high 57 passes for 664 yards and four touchdowns in 2009.
The Patriots signed former Colts center-guard Jamey Richard, who tried
out for the team last week, undrafted rookie tight end Nick Melillo and
seventh-round cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.
Richard, 27, is a former Colts seventh-round draft pick who has started
11 career games in the NFL.
Melillo, 23, went undrafted out of Kentucky where he caught 23 passes
for 240 yards with one touchdown.
Dennard plummeted in the draft after allegedly punching a cop the week
before the Patriots picked him.
He was named Big Ten Conference Defensive Back of the Year and
first-team all-conference last year.
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