Patriots Release Shawn Springs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The New England Patriots have released

veteran cornerback Shawn Springs, who played sparingly after being

signed to a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the team prior

to last season.

The 35-year-old Springs appeared in 12 games and had 39 tackles

and one interception for the Patriots.

The 13-year veteran has also played for the Seattle Seahawks and

the Washington Redskins.

The Patriots drafted Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty in the

first round of last month's draft and re-signed veteran cornerback

Leigh Bodden. They also have Darius Butler, a second-round choice

last season, and third-year player Jonathan Wilhite.