BEDARD: Patriots Didn't Try Hard to Move Meriweather

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September 04, 2011 at 11:28am ET

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The Patriots decision to cut safety Brandon Meriweather was obviously the big topic of discussion on Saturday, and many fans were surprised that the team let him go without getting anything for him.

12 Teams never even heard Meriweather was on the trading block on Saturday. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

According to published reports, the team supposedly did try and move him but reportedly couldn't find any suitors for him.  However according to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, they couldn't have been trying all that hard.

Bedard reports that a dozen NFL teams said they never even heard Meriweather was on the trading block, which means that Bill Belichick simply decided to cut him loose.

His departure wipes out the 2007 draft in terms of straight draft picks, with all nine now completely gone from the team, and just three (Stephen GostkowskiJerod Mayo, and Matthew Slater) remaining from the 26 players they drafted from 2006-08.

The team did add one key addition that year - adding Wes Welker, who was acquired for a 2nd and 7th round pick in a deal with Miami.

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