FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -John Lynch, the longtime Pro Bowl safety signed by New England two weeks ago, was released by the Patriots on Sunday.
``It goes without saying but John is an all-time great safety, one of the league's classiest professionals and his elite play speaks for itself,'' coach Bill Belichick said of Lynch, who turns 37 on Sept. 25. ``As has been the case in other situations, I would not rule anything out down the road.''
During their decade-long run of success, the Patriots have regularly signed veterans and often released them, only to sign them again if needed. Belichick's comments indicate Lynch may be in that category. He has played 15 seasons, 11 in Tampa Bay and four in Denver.
The Patriots also cut Chad Jackson, their second-round pick in 2006. The wide receiver from Florida has been plagued by injuries and played only two games last season.
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