Patriots cut two

Posted on August 22, 2007 
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The Patrios have just announced that they have cut Kenny Smith and Tom Malone. Here’s the complete release, issued moments ago by the team:

The New England Patriots released veteran defensive lineman Kenny Smith and first-year punter Tom Malone today.

Smith, 29, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on June 8, 2007. The 6-foot-4-inch, 303-pound defensive lineman is entering his sixth NFL season after spending five seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2001-04) and Oakland Raiders (2005). He has played in 30 career games with 10 starts and has recorded 69 career tackles (56 solo), 4.5 sacks, two passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. The University of Alabama product was originally drafted by the Saints in the third round (81st overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He appeared in six games as a rookie for New Orleans and totaled eight tackles (7 solo). In 2002, Smith saw action in nine games with one start and notched 19 tackles (17 solo), including 3.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. The following season, he set career highs with nine starts in 15 games while compiling 42 tackles (32 solo), including one sack, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. Smith spent the 2004 season on injured reserve with the Saints, and was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Oakland Raiders on March 31, 2005. He was subsequently placed on injured reserve by Oakland and missed the entire 2005 season. After spending the 2006 season out of football, Smith was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent on March 7, 2007 and was released by the Buccaneers on April 30, 2007.

Malone, 23, was signed to the Patriots practice squad on December 20, 2006, and was signed to the active roster on January 23, 2007. The 6-foot, 205-pound punter spent the Spring of 2007 playing in NFL Europa for the Berlin Thunder, where he recorded 39 punts for 1,538 yards (39.4 avg). Malone was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent on May 5, 2006, and was released by the 49ers on June 29, 2006. He played for the University of Southern California from 2002-05, where he recorded a 44.0-yard career punting average and placed 95 of his 185 career punts inside the 20-yard line. Malone was a two-time semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award – given to the nation’s top punter – and set a school record in 2003 by averaging 49.0 yards per punt.


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