All NFL teams have to meet the 75-man roster limit by Monday at 4 p.m.; several teams have already made their required cuts.
Sunday, some of the Patriots cuts came out via a league source: veteran DL Gerard Warren, S Josh Barrett, and DB Ross Ventrone.
Warren has been injured of late, making his odds of making the team even longer. His release likely bodes well for Ron Brace, who seemed to be among those fighting for a job.
Barrett was claimed by the Patriots in 2010 when he was waived/injured by the Broncos with a shoulder injury. New England placed him on injured reserve as he underwent surgery and rehab. He started the first four games last year before another injury, to his calf, ended his season.
The 27-year old was on the sideline again Friday night when New England played Tampa Bay.
Ventrone has become something of a cult hero after being involved in 21 transactions last season; his story caught the attention of Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. Ventrone, who does have practice-squad eligibility left, was considered by many players the funniest member of the team last year.
With those three cuts, the Patriots’ roster currently is at 82 players.