Patriots release Isaac Sopoaga, Markus Zusevics

The Patriots released two players Wednesday, 2013 midseason acquisition Isaac Sopoaga and little-used offensive lineman Markus Zusevics.

Sopoaga, 32, a defensive tackle, was acquired from Philadelphia in a trade in late October as the Patriots were dealing with injuries along the defensive line. He played in six games, with two starts, and was inactive for the final two regular-season contests and both playoff games. He totaled two tackles, one sack, and one pass defensed.

Zusevics, 24, was originally signed as a rookie free agent in May 2012. He spent most of that season on the reserve/non-football injury list and all of the 2013 season on injured reserve.


On the day after free agency opened and Aqib Talib left for Denver, the Patriots hosted free agent receiver Brandon LaFell, a four-year veteran for the Carolina Panthers who caught 49 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns last season.

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The Patriots will look at him while also maintaining open lines of communication with receiver Julian Edelman, with whom they failed to reach an agreement before Tuesday’s start to free agency.

New England also hosted ex-Cardinals defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, the NFL Network reported, and former Rams guard Shelley Smith.

On Tuesday, the Patriots hosted free agent linebacker Wesley Woodyard, reports said.

Also on Wednesday, the Patriots finalized a new two-year contract for tight end Michael Hoomanawanui after he took a physical.