The Patriots cut second-year DE Markell Carter and added TE Bo Scaife in a flurry of moves on Thursday.
The team worked out Scaife, a six-year tight end, two weeks ago. He spent his entire career with the Tennessee Titans. He has 251 career receptions and 2,383 yards receiving as well as 12 career touchdowns.
Carter, drafted in the sixth round in 2011 out of Central Arkansas, spent all of last season on the practice squad, gaining muscle and a better knowledge of the playbook. When the Patriots drafted him he was looked at as a project, but toward the end of the season, it became known that the team boosted his salary to $350,000 - about what he’d make as a member of the 53-man roster - an indication that it wanted to keep him around.
Apparently, something changed.
Carter posted the following on his Twitter account early Thursday morning, giving a hint that something was up:
“It was too real Boston. I’ll never forget those #BostonLights. When God closes one door he opens a new one. #STAYFOCUSED”
His release does not just impact Carter: at rookie mini-camp last month, he talked about his sister, Keyarrie Hudson, and how she had moved in with him part-time. Hudson suffers from lupus, and being close to Boston meant she’d have access to better specialists.
The Patriots also cut TE Nick Mellilo and OL Jon Opperud.