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Patriots cut veteran WR Galloway, TE Matthews

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Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com. He has covered the NFL for the past 18 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

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Disregard the trade rumors surrounding wide receiver Joey Galloway.
The 15-year veteran was cut Tuesday by New England. The Patriots were trying to deal Galloway before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline for the 2009 season but couldn't swing a deal. Because of his accrued NFL seasons, Galloway isn't subjected to waivers and can sign with any interested suitor. Baltimore is one potential destination. As first reported Sunday by FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer, the Ravens are shopping for a wideout and were recently rebuffed by Buffalo when inquiring about the availability of Terrell Owens. Galloway, 37, struggled to find a niche in New England's offense after spending the previous five seasons in Tampa Bay. Galloway was inactive the past three games and had snaps taken from him by emerging rookie Julian Edelman. Galloway, who also had lengthy stints in Seattle and Dallas, has 10,777 career receiving yards and 77 touchdowns. Galloway notched his sixth 1,000-yard campaign with Tampa Bay in 2007 but appeared in only nine games last season because of injury. He was signed as a free agent by New England in the offseason. Galloway's release likely clears a roster spot for New England to re-sign veteran linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, who was cut Monday. The Patriots also released tight end Michael Matthews. Matthews was acquired from the New York Giants in a September trade. He played in three games for the Patriots this season as a reserve tight end and on special teams. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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