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New England Patriots cut TE Tim Wright

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The New England Patriots' roster turnover continues this offseason. 

The newest member to be jettisoned from Foxboro is Tim Wright.

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The Pats released the tight end on Thursday, the team announced. New England also announced that quarterback Garrett Gilbert had been cut, possibly to make room for Matt Flynn, who is set to sign with the team, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Bill Belichick traded for the 25-year-old tight end last August, shipping Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay for Wright and a fourth-round draft pick.

Wright is an athletic tight end who had just 26 receptions and 259 yards in 2014, but snagged six touchdowns. His production was all over the map. The tight end appeared in six regular season games without a catch. He also earned two touchdowns on five grabs in Week 12. However, Wright didn't have a single catch in the Pats' playoff run.


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New England will move forward with import Scott Chandler -- 47 catches for 497 yards in Buffalo last year -- behind starter Rob Gronkowski. Wright's departure also likely solidifies Michael Hoomanawanui's roster spot for another year.

Wright is subject to waivers. Given his age and scoring production in two years, he's likely to find a landing spot quickly. But after almost being cut by the Buccaneers last year, then being jettisoned by the Pats, teams might approach Wright warily. Tight end-needy squads like the Atlanta Falcons or New Orleans Saints could be in line for his services.

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