Patriots Release DT Isaac Sopoaga And OL Markus Zusevics

New England Patriots Press Release


    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have released DT Isaac Sopoaga and OL Markus Zusevics.

Sopoaga, 32, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons, including the second
half of 2013 with the New England Patriots after being acquired from
Philadelphia in a midseason trade on Oct. 29, 2013.
6-foot-2, 330-pounder was signed by Philadelphia as an unrestricted
free agent from the San Francisco 49ers on March 12, 2013.

Sopoaga played in six games with two starts for New England last year
and was inactive for the final two regular-season contests and both
playoff games. He registered two tackles, one sack and one pass
defensed playing for the Patriots.

    Sopoaga originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round (104th
pick overall) draft pick by San Francisco in 2004 out of Hawaii.
He has played in 139 NFL games with 88 starts at both defensive tackle
and nose tackle during his career and has 467 total tackles, 8½ sacks,
one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He has also played in five
postseason games with three starts with 17
total tackles and one sack. Sopoaga also has one NFL reception when he
caught an 18-yard pass from QB Alex Smith to convert a third down to set
up a 49ers field goal vs. Cleveland on Oct. 30, 2011.

Zusevics, 24, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie
free agent out of Iowa on May 10, 2012. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder, was
placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Aug. 27, 2012, and
activated to the 53-man roster on Nov. 22, 2012.
He was inactive for five of the final 2012 regular-season games and
both playoff contests. Zusevics spent the 2013 season on injured reserve
after suffering an injury during training camp.