The New England Patriots have parted ways with linebacker Jonathan Freeny – again. They cut him on Wednesday after previously cutting him to start the season.
“Multiple reports: Patriots have released linebacker Jonathan Freeny,” wrote Glen Farley of the Enterprise.
The reasoning here is simple: He got his job back for a week because tight end Rob Gronkowski was suspended for that cheap shot during the game with the Buffalo Bills. That created a temporary roster spot. Freeny took it, but now Gronkowski’s suspension is over and the team had to make a cut to get him back. Freeny didn’t do enough in his week to beat out anyone else, so he got the ax. It stands to reason that he knew this was coming the day he signed.
He does have history with the Patriots, making him a natural fit for this sort of move.
“The linebacker has re-signed with his former team after a spot on the 53-man roster opened up with the suspension of Rob Gronkowski for Week 14,” wrote Tyler Sullivan of 247Sports back when Freeny signed. “Freeny was with the team in 2015 and 2016 playing various roles on defense and specials teams. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound linebacker was also with the Pats during the 2017 preseason, but was cut as the team trimmed down their roster to 53 men.”
Freeny has 97 tackles and two sacks in his six-year career. He had two tackles in his one game with the Patriots this year.