Patriots release Beau Allen and Marqise Lee
After signing 10 new players this week, the Patriots started to run out of roster space. By Wednesday night, the team had 79-of-90 roster spots filled with an additional nine draft picks upcoming next month. For that reason, they cut two veterans on Thursday.
The Patriots announced that they released receiver Marquise Lee and defensive tackle Beau Allen. Neither player suited up last year as Lee opted out due to COVID-19 and Allen spent the entire season on injured reserve.
Allen confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: “Thank you Patriots for the opportunity. I’m proud to say I never took the easy way out and did everything in my power to play this game I love. Looking forward to seeing what else football has in store for me!”
For the Patriots, the release of Allen, 29, represents an offseason mistake that they made in 2020. After losing defensive tackle Danny Shelton in free agency, the Pats signed Allen to a two-year deal with the hope he would help the run defense. Allen, however, suffered a lower-body injury and was seen wearing a walking boot before training camp even started. He briefly returned for practice during the regular season, but never officially came off injured reserve as the Patriots' run defense struggled.
In response, the Pats have added two defensive linemen this week in Davon Godchaux and Henry Anderson. League sources told The Providence Journal that the Pats were continuing to show interest in veteran free agents still available. The Patriots also lost Adam Butler, who signed a two-year deal with Miami, and Lawrence Guy is currently a free agent.
Lee, 29, was hoping to get his career back on track with the Patriots after signing a one-year deal last offseason. He had a career-best 851 receiving yards with Jacksonville in 2016, but hasn’t played a full season since then due to multiple injuries. The Patriots added receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne this week in free agency.
By releasing Allen and Lee, the Pats now have 77 players on their 90-man roster.