The Patriots waived safety Raymond Ventrone and receiver Zuriel Smith on Monday. Neither player appeared in a game for the Patriots in 2006, as both were injured while playing in NFL Europe (now called NFL Europa).
Ventrone was initially signed as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2005 after a fine college career at Villanova. He spent most of the 2005 season on the Patriots' practice squad and was lauded by Bill Belichick late that season as a fun player to coach. The 5-11, 200-pound Ventrone started 10 games for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe in the spring of 2006 but required shoulder surgery upon his return, thus costing him a chance to make the Patriots' roster.
The 5-11, 174-pound Smith was signed as a free agent on Feb. 10, 2006 and appeared in four games for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in the spring of 2006. Like Ventrone, Smith sustained an injury that cost him the chance of competing for a roster spot with the Patriots.