Anthony Gonzalezís brief career with the New England Patriots comes to an end
Anthony Gonzalez has been released by the New England Patriots. The veteran wideout suffered more than his fair share of injuries since the former Ohio state player was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. However, Anthony Gonzalez’s injuries play no role in his sacking.
As a matter of fact, Anthony Gonzalez was signed in by the New England Patriots just two months ago. This shows that the New England Patriots are having a hard time finalizing their final roster for the new season.
The 27-year-old, Anthony Gonzalez is expected to be picked by another team even though he has spent a lot of time out of action. Anthony Gonzalez, who was a first-round pick in 2007, has appeared in only 11 games and caught five passes for 67 yards since 2009.
The New England Patriots won’t have to worry about losing a quality receiver because their 90-man roster can boast about much better players. Moreover, New England Patriots roster is jam-packed with receivers at the moment.
The list of receivers New England Patriots have on their roster are: Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, Jabar Gaffney, Chad Ochocinco, Donte' Stallworth, Deion Branch, Jeremy Ebert, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater, Matt Roark and Britt Davis.
When Anthony Gonzalez was signed in April, 2012, the 6-foot, 193-pound wideout was excited to be part of the Colts-Patriots rivalry. However, Anthony Gonzalez never got the actual taste of the thrill.
“As you learn more about the teams you are playing, especially this one, you kind of get an appreciation for how they do things, and just the way it's run, and that sort of thing,” Anthony Gonzalez said in an interview to ESPN Boston’s Mike Rodak. “To me it was the perfect fit in a lot of ways.”
During his five-year NFL career, Anthony Gonzalez featured in only 40 of the 80 regular season games. In this period, Anthony Gonzalez recorded 99 catches for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns.
Anthony Gonzalez, who was not present at the OTAs last Thursday, was going to earn a base salary worth $701,000 this season. Reportedly, the New England Patriots have replaced Anthony Gonzalez by signing in an undrafted rookie tight end, Nick Melillo.