Tully Banta-Cain

The New England Patriots have reportedly been busy on the first day full day back from the 132-day lockout.  Head coach Bill Belichick reportedly told OLB Tully Banta-Cain that the team would be releasing him at week’s end.  He was scheduled to make just over $2 million in 2011.

According to sources, Banta-Cain has several teams interested in him and it’s highly unlikely he will return to New England.  Banta-Cain has 15 sacks over the last two seasons and had 45 tackles last year.  He had abdominal surgery last Friday and will miss 4 to 6 weeks.

It was also announced by the Frank Bauer, agent of guard Logan Mankins, that the All-Pro lineman will report to camp on time and sign his franchise tag tender sheet unless Mankins and the club can work out a long term deal.  If he signs the tender Mankins will earn $10.1 million in 2011.

The team also has reportedly signed several undrafted rookie free agents to help fill out roster spots towards the 90-man limit.  These have not all been confirmed and have been pulled from various sites. 

The reported signee’s are: OT Corey Woods (Akron); WR/KR Jeremy Ross (Cal); DE Alex Silvestro (Rutgers); LB Jeff Tarpinian (Iowa); OT Kyle Hix (Texas); DL Mike Berry (Auburn); TE/OT Will Yeatman (Maryland); LB Anthony Leonard (WVU); DE/LB Clay Nurse (Illinois) and LB Ryan Coulson (Nevada).

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