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02-25-2006, 07:42 PM

Pats opt for younger talent and cut Starks

By Len Pasquarelli

Less than a year after surrendering a third-round draft choice to acquire him in a trade, the New England Patriots on Saturday released veteran cornerback Duane Starks, whose playing time was limited in 2005 by a shoulder injury, and who finished the season on injured reserve.

The move means the Pats will save the $3.6 million base salary that Starks was due in 2006. He will still count about $1.5 million against this season's salary cap because of past bonuses.

Starks, 31, was acquired from the Arizona Cardinals last spring as the Patriots attempted to bolster the depth in a secondary severely thinned by injuries during the 2005 season. New England surrendered a third-round choice in the deal and the two teams also swapped fifth-round picks.

The former University of Miami standout, chosen by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round in the 1998 draft, played in seven games and started six contests. He registered 28 tackles and five passes defensed but did not have an interception. New England nearly released Starks at mid-season, then held off and kept him, but he ended up being moved to the injured reserve list in November, ending his season.

With the development of cornerbacks such as Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, and Randall Gay, the Patriots feel there is sufficient young talent on hand. It will not be surprising, as well, if the Patriots add to their cornerback corps with a high-round pick in the April 29-30 draft.

There is speculation the Pats may jettison another veteran cornerback, Tyrone Poole, rather than pay him a roster bonus due next month.

In eight seasons, including stints with Baltimore (1998-2001), Arizona (2002-2004), and New England, Starks has appeared in 94 games. He has 347 tackles, 25 interceptions and 73 passes defensed.

His best seasons came in Baltimore, where he collected 20 interceptions in four seasons, and was viewed as one of the NFL's emerging young cover defenders. But Starks has just five interceptions in the four seasons since he exited the Ravens as an unrestricted free agent. A spate of injuries, including a torn knee ligament that sidelined Starks the entire 2003 season, has been a major factor in his decline.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

Personally I'm ROFL right now. It was our gain all the way!:biggrin:

02-26-2006, 07:02 AM
I am not surprised ... Starks is not very good ..

02-26-2006, 07:25 AM
Starks wasnt even the best cornerback on his Ravens team when we got him. He was aided by a great defense with a great pass rush and an elite CB on the other side of the field. Easier to look good when you face the second best receiver every game. What a complete bust of a FA signing he was.

Red Valley
02-26-2006, 07:51 AM
And to think we got E. Green with the pick they gave us. We got the better end of that deal. :rockon:

02-26-2006, 09:26 AM

Nearly a year after sending a third-round pick to Arizona for cornerback Duane Starks, a league source tells us that the New England Patriots have cut Starks free.

The Pats also got a fifth-round pick from Arizona in the March 2005 transaction.

Starks played in seven games for the Pats last year, starting in six. He was placed on injured reserve on November 10.

By making the move, the Pats will avoid paying Starks $3.6 million in 2006 salary. It appears that his salary was reduced to the minimum of $540,000 in 2005, which implies that the team converted a significant portion of his 2005 pay to a signing bonus. Our educated guess is that the number was $3.06 million, which would translate to $1.53 million in dead money on the books for the Pats in 2006. But since 2006 was the final year of Starks' deal, there will be no extra cap hit, enabling the team to clear a full $3.6 million off of the books before free agency opens.

03-06-2006, 10:01 PM
:ok: :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:

03-10-2006, 05:54 PM
Heehee....makes me feel all nice and warm inside to see the Patsies get ripped off...