Patriots Release Donte Stallworth, Cut Others

Ian Logue
August 27, 2012 at 10:56am ET

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Donte Stallworth was among Monday's early cuts. (FILE:USPresswire)
It's been a busy morning so far and it appears the Patriots aren't waiting until the deadline to start making some moves as they look to get down to the league mandated 75 man roster limit

The first big name leaving the team was announced this morning, with Donte Stallworth reportedly being let go after what was a lackluster performance from him again on Friday night.  He's been inconsistent at best and has had trouble creating separation this preseason, and while it was initially thought that he could edge out Deion Branch for a final roster spot, Branch has been noticeably better.  Bill Belichick is known for at least trying to do the right thing by veterans by releasing them early so they can hopefully catch on elsewhere, and hopefully that ends up being the case for Stallworth.

Stallworth was targeted 13 times this preseason for just 5 catches and 61 yards, and also had a drop in the final quarter of Friday night's game.  The league currently has a statistical error as they're missing a target for the veteran receiver after crediting Matthew Slater with the drop on that play.

Meanwhile according to published reports also released were defensive back Ross Ventrone, fullback Spencer Larson, safety Josh Barrett, defensive lineman Gerard Warren, and defensive lineman Tim Bulman.