Warren, Crumpler, Kaczur among 6 veterans cut by Patriots
FOXBOROUGH - The once-dominant Patriots defensive line of Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, and Vince Wilfork is down to one remaining member after New England yesterday released Warren and five other veteran players.
Also cut were Alge Crumpler, Nick Kaczur, Tully Banta-Cain, Marcus Stroud, and Tony Carter.
The six were due a combined $12.88 million in base salary this season; all of that comes off New England’s cap for this year.
Crumpler and Kaczur, both of whom are coming back from significant injuries, each could return to the team at a reduced salary, but Warren very likely has played his last down with the Patriots.
“I definitely am not mad about my release,’’ he said when reached by phone yesterday. “I appreciate the Patriots and our journey together. I appreciate the Krafts for drafting me in 2003 and providing an opportunity.
“I look forward to bigger and better things. I look forward to wearing another contending team’s jersey this fall.’’
New England’s first-round draft pick in ’03 out of Texas A&M, Warren missed all of last season after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. He had been medically cleared because of the hip, but failed the team conditioning test when he pulled up with a hamstring injury.
Warren could return to his native Texas, where both Dallas and Houston run 3-4 systems.
The 30-year old had a base salary of $3.1 million for 2011.
Tight end Crumpler underwent significant surgery on his left shoulder in late January to repair the rotator cuff and labrum. He sustained the injury in the game against Minnesota last October; he finished the season despite being in a good deal of pain.
The 11-year veteran was a valuable mentor to Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez last season.
Kaczur, a tackle, missed all of last season after back surgery during the preseason, though he was not placed on injured reserve until mid-October, when it became clear that he would not recover in time to play again in 2010.
Linebacker Banta-Cain underwent surgery a week ago for an abdominal strain.
Stroud, a defensive lineman who was signed to a two-year deal just before the lockout began, never went through a practice with the Patriots.
Carter, a cornerback, was promoted from the practice squad late last year and played in the regular-season finale.
Undrafted rookie Ryan Coulson, a linebacker from Nevada, also was released.