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BREAKING: Patriots release long time OT Sebastian Vollmer

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The Patriots are moving on.

The New England Patriots have released veteran RT Sebastian Vollmer, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. The 32-year-old Vollmer spent the entire 2016 season on the reserve list with a multitude of injuries.

The Patriots made Vollmer the 58th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft and he stepped into the starting lineup. He played both left tackle and right tackle at times, but established himself as a premier right tackle over the course of his career opposite Matt Light and Nate Solder. Vollmer was named Second Team All Pro by the Associated Press in 2010, and Second Team All Pro by Pro Football Focus in 2012 and 2014.

Vollmer has always struggled with injuries over the course of his career and has played a full 16-game season just once in his eight seasons. Multiple reports show Vollmer having lost weight this season in a possible move towards retirement.

The Patriots signed RT Marcus Cannon to a long term extension after a Second Team All Pro performance in 2016, which made Vollmer expendable.

Best of luck to Vollmer for the rest of his playing career.