According to ESPNBoston.com contributor Mike Reiss, on Tuesday, the New England Patriots released former Iowa linebacker, James Morris after just four days of working with him.
Reiss points out that Morris signed a contract with a $10,000 base salary with another $10,000 of guaranteed money, which at the time was the third highest investment given to a Patriots undrafted free agent. Like other teams, the Patriots sign contracts that normally align with the player’s intended team contribution.
He leaves Foxboro with a “failed physical” designation, meaning it is conceivable that despite his intention to compete and contribute, Morris injured himself in his quick New England stay.
Even at this time of year, the Patriots are one of the most fickle teams in the league in regards to capitalizing on precious roster spots. They famously released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood hours before Super Bowl XLVI, in addition to the on-again, off-again relationship with a special teams cornerback named Ross Ventrone.
Considering the contract incentives given to Morris, as well as the potential injury he sustained, this may not be the end of his time in Foxboro.
Here is the link to Reiss’ story.