The Patriots are releasing linebacker/defensive end Jonathan Freeny, as first reported by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal (Twitter link). The move will create room for the team to formally sign Freeny’s former Rutgers teammate Kenny Britt.
Freeny, 28, did his most notable NFL work with the Patriots in 2015 and 2016. His latest stint in New England lasted only a week, however.
Because the trade deadline has come and gone, Freeny will hit the waiver wire. If he is not claimed by a team in the next 24 hours, he will be free to sign with any club of his choosing.
In ’15 and ’16, Freeney has recorded 60 tackles and one sack for the Patriots. He appeared in only 18 games during that span due to injury.
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