By: Ian Logue
The Patriots released punter Zoltan Mesko on Saturday. (FILE:USPresswire)
According to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com, the Patriots made a surprise move on Saturday and have reportedly released punter Zoltan Mesko, apparently deciding instead to go with newcomer Ryan Allen.
The battle between the two had seemed to be relatively even, but the decision was likely made due to the fact it will save the clubÂ more than $900,000 against the salary cap, but more importantlyÂ Mesko was scheduled to become a free agent after the season. So the move guarantees the Patriots have a solid performer at a lower cost moving forward instead of risking having to find a replacement after the season as it’s unlikely Allen would have cleared waivers.
It’s disappointing because Mesko was certainly a fan favorite, and this is one of those times where the business side of football clearly factored into the decision.
He released the following statement via his Facebook page:
“First and foremost, I want to thank the New England Patriots for everything they have done for me. I have nothing but love in my heart as I depart this great organization. Mr. Kraft, the coaches, the strength staff, the trainers, the media personnel, the marketing department, the rest of the amazing staff members at Gillette, and especially my teammatesâ€¦THANK YOU for all that you have given and have done for me. I want to say that I see the silver lining in things now more than ever, and am a true believer that things DO happen for a reason. This goes out to anyone that will ever come across a mere bump in the road; be thankful, be positive, because thereâ€™s a deeper purpose of WHY things happen that we may not yet, or may never come to understand. Just believe. I will miss New England, and more than anything, Iâ€™ll be missing the smiles on those kids whom I visited and acted like a goofball in front of. It was ALL worth it. God bless.”