The New England Patriots released veteran cornerback Tyrone Poole.
Poole, 34, was hurt each of the last two seasons, finishing both on injured reserve. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound defensive back has played in just 21 of 48 regular season games for the Patriots. He played in all 16 regular season games in his first year in New England. That year (2003) the Patriots went on to win three more including Super Bowl XXXVIII against his former team the Carolina Panthers.
Poole originally joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent March 11, 2003. Over his ten-year career he has managed 497 tackles, 5 sacks, 17 interceptions, 133 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and 5 fumble recoveries.
Plagued by injuries, he managed to appear in only six games over the last two seasons. In 2004, he played in games before being placed on injured reserve. In 2005, he played just one game, and was placed on injured reserve October 27, 2005 with a leg injury.
Originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft (22nd overall), he has spent time with three other teams beside the Patriots: Carolina (1995-97), Indianapolis (1998-2000) and Denver (2001-02).
His release will save the Patriots nearly $2 million against the cap.
The Patriots have a number of young defensive backs on the roster ready to step in to fill Poole’s shoes, and it is believed they will and another via the NFL Draft in April and/ or through free agency.