The Patriots made an unexpected cut on Friday, as NFL free agency continues to roll along. According to Adam Schefter, they are releasing cornerback Jalen Mills after two seasons in New England. According to Schefter, the move will clear about $5 million in cap space.
Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston added some possible context to the decision. He tweeted Friday that he doesn’t think the Patriots were “thrilled at the availability portion of what [Mills] brought to the table.” Mills played 10 games in the 2022 season, before a groin injury suffered in Week 12 sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Apparently, Bill Belichick felt Mills could have made it back on the field, and didn’t do all he could to accomplish that.