Patriots officially let go G Brian Waters
Brian Waters signed to a two-year contract with the New England Patriots ahead of the 2011 season and played highly, providing some stability on the offensive line for the AFC Champions. The 36-year-old Brian Waters had a Pro Bowl season, playing all 19 games leading up to the New England Patriots’ appearance in the Super Bowl; but he was reluctant to come back the following season. The New England Patriots still tried to work things out with Brian Waters, as many expected him to return on an improved contract in the 2012 season. But after initially being excused for mandatory camp, Brian Waters went on to miss the New England Patriots’ OTAs, as well as the entire training camp and preseason in 2012.
As neither side budged, the New England Patriots opted to retain his rights, in light of rumors that Brian Waters would be willing to play for a team closer to his Texas home. In Brian Waters’ absence, the New England Patriots moved Dan Connolly from center to right guard, while Ryan Wendell stepped in as starting center. Subsequently, the New England Patriots didn’t appear to miss Brian Waters as both Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell played well in their new roles.
But after seeing no change in Brian Waters’ stance over an entire season, the New England Patriots decided to end their association with the guard by taking him off their reserve/did not report list.
Brian Waters also spent a major part of his 12 active-seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. Starting off as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas in 1999, Brian Waters found his way onto the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster in 2000 and became a mainstay of their offensive line shortly afterwards. Brian Waters made five Pro-Bowls and was twice named an All-Pro while with the Kansas City Chiefs.
However, after spending a year removed from football, the 36-year-old Brian Waters is unlikely to make a comeback in the 2013 season.