Patriots Release TE Marcellus Rivers

The New England Patriots opened up a roster spot by releasing reserve tight end Marcellus Rivers. With Ben Watson back, Rivers' services became expendable.

FOXBORO, Mass. - The New England Patriots released tight end Marcellus Rivers On Wednesday. The veteran player was played in three games for the Patriots since signing with the team. His roster spot was not immediately filled.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end has been on and off the Patriots roster since first signing with the team during training camp (August 8, 2007) when Ben Watson, David Thomas and Kyle Brady were all sidelined by injury. He was released and re-signed two times before his latest go around with the team.

Originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001, Rivers spent time with New York (2001-04), Houston Texans (2005) Oakland Raiders (training camp 2006), New Orleans Saints (Dec. 2006).

In 78 career starts, Rivers has recorded 51 receptions for 395 yards (7.7 avg.) and four touchdowns.

Rivers' release leaves a roster spot open for one of the team's PUP players; Chad Jackson, Eddie Jackson or Troy Brown.

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