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Patriots to Release DT Isaac Sopoaga

The Patriots are releasing one of their big cap hits of the off-season.

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Looks like the Patriots are looking for more ammo.

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots have told defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga that he will be released.

This comes as no surprise to most as Sopoaga holds a hefty cap hit, while he was unable to earn playing time in 2013 on a decimated defense. The soon-to-be 33 year old didn't really have much of a chance of making the roster for 2014.

Sopoaga's salary carries $1 million guaranteed into 2014, but his release frees up $2.5 million in cap space.

What's more surprising is that the Patriots waiting this long to do the inevitable. It's likely they wanted to confirm their relationship with Vince Wilfork before moving on Sopoaga, or maybe it's just that the team was waiting for more news on where the free agency markets would settle.

The Patriots have released two defensive tackles in the past couple of days, seven: Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Marcus Forston, Sealver Siliga, Armond Armstead, Chris Jones, and Joe Vellano.

Look for the Patriots to try and bring in some additional help at defensive tackle.