Patriots Release CB Shawn Springs

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May 18, 2010 at 03:57pm ET

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The Patriots just announced the release of veteran CB Shawn Springs.

Springs, who has played 13 seasons in the NFL, was asked back in January if he had reached the end of his career and was contemplating retirement.

"Maybe," Springs told ESPN at the time. "I actually feel like I can still play a lot. I don't know yet."

The veteran cornerback also told ESPN that he enjoyed the one-on-one  discussions he had with head coach Bill Belichick during his time as a Patriot.

"Being one-on-one with Coach, he's great," Springs said. "When you're with Coach alone and you are just talking to him, he's the nicest guy. It's totally different [than the public perception]."

He originally signed a three-year contract with the Patriots in 2009, but it appears that if nothing else the '09 campaign will be his last in New England.  Whether or not that means he's done playing completely remains to be seen.