Patriots Release WR Anthony Gonzalez

BOSTON (CBS) — With so many wide receivers under contract and so few spots available on the Patriots’ roster, some cuts were due to come at some point. Unfortunately for Anthony Gonzalez, he was first on Bill Belichick’s list.

The 27-year-old former first-round pick signed with the Patriots in March after spending the first five years of his career with the Colts. He’s played in just 11 games in the past three seasons due to injury, though.

Gonzalez said he had hoped to leave those difficulties in his past and start fresh in New England, but that journey did not last long.

He did show promise in his first two seasons with the Colts, when he caught a combined 94 passes for 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns. In the three seasons since, he has just five catches for 67 yards and no touchdowns.

The Patriots currently have receivers Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Deion Branch, Chad Ochocinco, Julian Edelman, Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth, Matthew Slater, Jeremy Ebert, Britt Davis and Matt Roark on the roster. More cuts are expected before the season begins.

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