The Patriots have done some tight end housecleaning.
The Patriots' decision to part ways with both players supports a Thursday report by NFL.com's Albert Breer that New England strongly is leaning toward keeping Rob Gronkowski off the team's physically unable to perform list.
Ballard never showed himself to be all the way back from the serious knee injury he suffered with the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. Fells entered training camp as a favorite to start in Gronkowski's absence, but he quickly tumbled down the depth chart. Fells signed a three-year, $5.25 million contract last year.
We'll see if the Patriots elect to bring another tight end into the mix, but all signs point to a Gronk return sooner rather than later.The "Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.