Full text of Patriots release

Posted on November 27, 2007 
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Here’s the full text of the release that was just issued by the Patriots:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots activated wide receiver Troy Brown to the active roster from the reserve/physically unable to perform list and re-signed linebacker Chad Brown today. Additionally, the Patriots placed linebacker Rosevelt Colvin on the reserve/injured list and released rookie defensive lineman Kareem Brown. Colvin will miss the rest of the 2007 season with a foot injury.

Troy Brown, 36, has spent his entire pro career with the Patriots after being drafted in the eighth round (198th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. In his 14 professional seasons, the 5-foot-10-inch, 196-pound receiver has played in 191 games, placing him tied for fourth on the franchise’s all-time games played list. He has been the longest-tenured player on the team since 2002 and was voted an offensive captain for five seasons (2002-06). Brown is the team’s all-time leading receiver with 557 career catches and places second in team history with 6,366 receiving yards. He is also the Patriots’ all-time leading punt returner with 246 career returns for 2,570 yards and is tied with Irving Fryar for the team mark with three punt returns for touchdowns. In 2004, he added defense to his resume as he saw significant action in the defensive backfield and finished second on the team with three interceptions. The Marshall University product was named to the Pro Bowl in 2001, a season in which he set the Patriots’ single-season franchise record with 101 receptions. That year, he recorded 1,199 receiving yards, placing him second on the team’s single-season list behind Stanley Morgan (1,491 yards in 1986). He followed up his record-setting campaign with a 97-catch season in 2002, a mark that ranks second in team history to his own 2001 total. Also that year, he recorded a team-record 16 catches in a game against Kansas City.

In 2006, Troy Brown played in all 16 games with nine starts and finished third on the team with 43 receptions for 384 yards and four touchdowns. The reception total was his highest since posting 97 in 2002. In November 2006, he passed Stanley Morgan for first place on the Patriots all-time receiving list. In the 2006 divisional playoffs, Brown continued his knack for making big plays, forcing a key fumble following an interception in the Patriots’ 24-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

The Blackville, S.C. native has been a key contributor to each of the Patriots’ three Super Bowl runs. In 2001, Brown led the team with 18 postseason receptions as New England won its first world championship in Super Bowl XXXVI. In that game against the St. Louis Rams, Brown led the team with six receptions and 89 yards, including a key 23-yard grab on the game-winning drive. Two years later, he tied for the team lead with 17 playoff receptions as the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII over Carolina. He was again a key contributor in that game, finishing second on the team with eight receptions, including three grabs on the game-winning drive. In 2004, Brown played on offense, defense and special teams in all three playoff games, recording a total of five receptions and six tackles during New England’s Super Bowl XXXIX title run.

Troy Brown’s career statistics include 191 games played (with 70 starts), 557 receptions for 6,366 yards and 31 touchdowns, 246 punt returns for 2,570 yards and three touchdowns, 87 kickoff returns for 1,862 yards, 30 rushes for 178 yards, 18 defensive tackles (16 solo), three interceptions and five passes defensed.

Chad Brown, 36, is in his 15th NFL season and has played in one game for New England this season, appearing as a reserve against San Diego on Sept. 16 and recording two special teams tackles. Brown was a member of the team during 2007 training camp, but was released on Sept. 1, 2007 and re-signed on Sept. 12 before being released again on Oct. 10. He has been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-96, 2006), Seattle Seahawks (1997-2004) and New England Patriots (2005, 2007). In 2006, he appeared in eight games for the Pittsburgh Steelers and totaled seven tackles, including a sack. The 6-foot-2-inch, 245-pound linebacker first signed with the Patriots as a free agent on May 10, 2005. He was credited with 54 defensive tackles and three special teams stops in 15 games with the Patriots in 2005. Brown was originally selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft (44th overall). The Colorado product was a starter for all four of his seasons with the Steelers and earned his first of three trips to the Pro Bowl in 1996 after finishing fourth in the NFL with a career-high 13 sacks. He signed with Seattle as a free agent the following year and spent the next eight seasons starting for the Seahawks. During his stint with Seattle, Brown averaged 93 tackles per season and had more tackles (744) than any other Seattle player over that span. In 15 NFL seasons, Brown has started 161 of 187 games played and has recorded 1,075 total tackles, including 79 career sacks. His career sack total ranks second among all active NFL linebackers. He also has notched 41 career passes defensed, including six interceptions. He has forced 19 career fumbles and recovered 13, returning three of those for touchdowns.

Rosevelt Colvin, 30, is a nine-year NFL veteran and has played in 117 career games with 75 starts for the Chicago Bears (1999-2002) and the Patriots (2003-07). The 6-foot-3-inch, 250-pound linebacker was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2003.

In five seasons with New England, Colvin has played in 61 games with 39 starts and has totaled 203 tackles, including 26.5 sacks, one interception, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. This season, he played in 11 games with 10 starts, recording 28 tackles (17 solo) and four sacks, a total tied for second on the team. He also recorded one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries this season. Colvin scored his first career touchdown on Oct. 28 when he returned a fumble 16 yards against Washington. The Indianapolis native led the Patriots with 8.5 sacks in 2006 and also paced the team with 7.0 sacks in 2005. Last season, Colvin started 15 of 16 games and totaled 26 quarterback hits, a total that was double the next highest on the team. In 2005, he played in every game and started the final 11 contests while finishing fourth on the team with 73 tackles, the second highest total of his career. He played in all 16 games in 2004 and totaled 38 tackles (20 solo), including five sacks. In his first season in New England in 2003, he started the first two games and had two sacks before suffering a season-ending hip injury at Philadelphia on Sept. 14.

Kareem Brown, 23, was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round (127th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft from the University of Miami. He has been listed as a day-of-game inactive for each of the Patriots’ 11 games this season. The 6-foot-4-inch, 295-pound defensive lineman started 10 games for the Hurricanes as a senior in 2006 and was credited with 60 tackles, including 11 sacks. His 11 sacks ranked second in the conference and 14th in the nation. He was named Miami’s defensive lineman of the year and earned second-team All-ACC honors as a senior. In four seasons at Miami, he started 13 of 48 games played and accumulated 157 career tackles, including 20.5 sacks.

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