Patriots sign 2 draftees, cut 7 veterans

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The New England Patriots have signed quarterback Ryan Mallett, one other draft choice and released seven players.

Mallett, a third-round pick from Arkansas, and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, a fifth-round choice from TCU, signed Friday.

There were some notable names among those released - defensive end Ty Warren, tight end Alge Crumpler and offensive tackle Nick Kaczur. All carried salary cap numbers of at least $3 million.

Warren spent last season on injured reserve with a hip injury after being a regular starter for six seasons. Crumpler played one season for the Patriots. Kaczur also spent the entire 2010 season on injured reserve after starting 62 of 68 games in five seasons.

Also released were linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, defensive lineman Marcus Stroud, cornerback Tony Carter and linebacker Ryan Coulson.

Warren, drafted by the Patriots with the 13th overall pick in 2003, started 92 games and had 20 1-2 sacks. Kaczur was a third-round pick by the Patriots in 2005. Crumpler served as a captain in his only season with the team.

The Patriots signed Stroud as a free agent on March 4. He spent his first seven seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the last three with the Buffalo Bills.

Tagged: Patriots, Alge Crumpler, Marcus Stroud, Ty Warren, Nick Kaczur, Ryan Mallett

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