Somewhere, cornerback Terrence Wheatley just breathed a sigh of relief.
Springs, a veteran in his 14th season, was signed by the Patriots to a three year contract last offseason. While Springs seemed to come on strong late in the season, he was on the books for more than $3 million this year, part of a deal that could have reached as much as $13 million. By releasing Springs, the Patriots will save nearly $2 million.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots haven't ruled out bringing Springs back at a lower price, but they will go their separate ways for now.
You can now officially add Springs to a group of 2009 acquisitions that have been disappointing, joining tight end Alex Smith, wide receivers Joey Galloway and Greg Lewis, and linebacker Paris Lenon as players who couldn't make it past one season with the Patriots. Leigh Bodden has by far been the best of the 2009 group of acquisitions (not counting Tully Banta-Cain who was signed before free agency began, and was with the team from 2003-2006).