One week ago the Patriots released safety Brock Vereen. On Sunday, they released safety Cedric Thompson. On Monday, they cut cornerback V’Angelo Bentley.
Today, the Patriots have released veteran cornerback E.J. Biggers.
The #Patriots have released cornerback EJ Biggers, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2016
Biggers had a slim chance of making the roster as a depth option and special teams player, and his odds dwindled as sophomore Darryl Roberts and undrafted rookies Jonathan Jones and Cre’Von LeBlanc stood out in training camp and during the preseason games.
Biggers signed a 1-year contract for $840,000 with a $25,000 signing bonus.
Head coach Bill Belichick is a fan of releasing veterans before the deadline to give them a chance to sign with another team before the season starts.
The Patriots depth at cornerback is starting to take shape, with Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan the starters, Justin Coleman and Cyrus Jones the back-ups, and Roberts, Jones, and LeBlanc competing for the fifth and final spot; the losers of this camp battle will likely end up on the practice squad, or claimed by another franchise.
Best of luck to Biggers as he tries to sign with another team.