According to the National Football Post, former Patriots defensive lineman Jarvis Green was cut loose on Saturday by the Denver Broncos. Green’s release paves the way for a possible return to a New England team that has struggled to put consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks this preseason. The Patriots’ depth at defensive end took a hit during training camp when starter Ty Warren (hip) was placed on season-ending injured reserve and the team released veteran Damione Lewis on Friday.
The 31-year-old Green, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2002 draft out of Louisiana State University by the Patriots, played eight seasons with New England before leaving this past offseason. Green played a key role during his time as a Patriot as a situational pass rusher. He could potentially return in a much needed similar role this season.
Green inked a deal as an unrestricted free agent with the Broncos this past offseason. The Patriots were still open to bringing him back at the time, but the Broncos’ upped the price to a level that was out of the Patriots’ reach. Green collected a $2.5 million signing bonus, and $755,000 in guaranteed salary from Broncos for this season. If you add it all up, Green walked away with $3.255 million for a summer’s worth of work in Colorado before being cut. It would be surprising if the Patriots didn’t give Green a phone call over the next couple days.