Patriots Cut Tim Tebow, P Zoltan Mesko and Others
Patriots Official Release
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have released 13 players today and placed veteran S Adrian
Wilson on injured reserve.
The Patriots released five veteran players: DL Jermaine Cunnngham, DL Justin Francis, P Zoltan Mesko, LB Jeff Tarpinian
and QB Tim Tebow.
The Patriots released one first-year player: DL Marcus Forston.
The Patriots released six rookie free agents: LB Ja'Gared Davis, S Kanorris Davis, DB Justin Green, OL Chris McDonald,
DB Stephon Morris, WR Quentin Sims and RB George Winn.
Wilson, 33, joined the Patriots as free agent on March 16, 2013 after 12-year career with the Arizona Cardinals.
25, is a veteran of three NFL season after joining the Patriots as a second-round (53rd
overall) draft pick out of Florida in 2010. The 6-foot-3, 252-pounder,
36 games with 14 starts and finished with 67 total tackles, 3½ sacks,
one pass defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Last
season, he played in 12 games with three starts and two postseason
games, finishing with 25 tackles, 2½ sacks and two
Francis, 24, made the Patriots roster last season as a rookie
free agent out of Rutgers. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder, played as a
reserve in 10 games and finished with 10 tackles three sacks and one
special teams tackle. Francis registered 3 sacks in the
regular season finale vs. Miami on Dec. 30.
Mesko, 27, is a veteran of three NFL seasons after joining the Patriots as a fifth-round (150th overall) draft pick out of Michigan in 2010. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder, has played in 48 games and had a 44.2-yard average.
25, originally joined the
Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Iowa on July 27, 2011, and has
rotated between the practice squad and the 53-man roster over the last
two seasons. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, has played in 10 NFL games with
one start and has registered five total tackles
on defense and eight tackles on special teams.
Tebow, 26, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with Denver
(2010-11) and the New York Jets (2012). The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder, was
signed by the Patriots on June 11, 2013. Tebow has played in 35 NFL
games with 16 starts and has completed 173-of-361 passes
for 2,422 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has also
rushed for 989 yards on 197 carries with 12 touchdowns.
FIRST-YEAR PLAYER RELEASED
was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Miami on May
10, 2012. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder, made the 53-man roster right out of
camp but was released early in the
season and brought back to the practice squad where he spent the
majority of the season. He eventually re-joined the 53-man roster prior
to the AFC Championship game. Forston played in one game in the regular
season but did not register any statistics.
2013 ROOKIE FREE AGENTS RELEASED
22, was claimed off
waivers by the Patriots on Aug. 28, 2013. The 6-foot, 238-pounder, was
originally signed by the Houston Texans as a rookie free agent from
Southern Methodist on May 10, 2013 and was released on Aug. 27, 2013. He
played in 53 college games and recorded 301
total tackles, 20 sacks, four interceptions, eight forced fumbles and
four fumble recoveries.
[Kanorris] Davis, 23, joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Troy on May 3, 2013. The 5-foot-10,
207-pounder, played as a linebacker in college where he helped Troy win the Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2011 and 2012.
Green, 22, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out
of Illinois on July 21, 2013. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder, began his
college career at Illinois as a running back before moving to the
secondary for his final three seasons. He made 29 starts
over his final three seasons, registering 76 total tackles, 13 passes
defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
McDonald, 23, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent
out of Michigan State on May 3, 2013. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder, was a
four-year letterman at Michigan State, who played in 43 games with 39
starts at right guard.
22, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Penn State
on May 3, 2013. The 5-foot-8,
190-pounder, was released by the Patriots on Aug. 1 and re-signed on
Aug. 26. He played in 49 games with 24 starts during his college career.
23, was signed by the Patriots
as a rookie free agent out of Tennessee-Martin on July 19, 2013. The
6-foot-3, 202-pounder, played two seasons at Georgia Tech (2009-10)
before transferring to Tennessee-Martin in 2011. Sims had 86 receptions
for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
was signed by the Patriots on June 17, 2013. The 5-foot-11,
210-pounder, originally was signed by the Houston Texans as a rookie
free agent out of Cincinnati on May 10, 2013, but was
released on May 15, 2013. Winn led the Big East in rushing last year
with 1,334 yards.