The New England Patriots announced several transactions on Tuesday afternoon, highlighted by the release of Albert Haynesworth.
The team also¬†announced the release of tight end Dan Gronkowski and the signing of receiver Tiquan Underwood.
Gronkowski has been utilized as the third tight end, primarily in a blocking role and only was in for one play in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants.¬†The 26-year-old was originally signed by the Patriots on Sept. 7, 2011 and played in the first two games before being released on Sept. 23, 2011. He then was re-signed to the Patriots on Oct. 11 and has played in the last three games.
Underwood¬†is now in his second stint with the Patriots, as he was originally signed for a few days in the preseason before the club released him Sept. 3. The receiver is considered more of a special teams player than actual wideout. His speed and return ability could be an intriguing aspect to the Pats coaching staff.
In other news, New England also released¬†offensive tackle Thomas Welch from the practice squad. I would expect to see Ross Ventrone replace Welch and return to the squad in the near future.
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