The New England Patriots have reportedly begun to trim their roster down to 75 players ahead of the Monday afternoon deadline of 4 p.m. The first players to be released are safety Josh Barrett, cornerback Ross Ventrone and defensive end Gerard Warren. The Patriots now have 82 players on the roster after the three cuts.
Barrett, 27, played five games (four starts) and made 17 tackles for the Patriots in 2011 after playing for the Denver Broncos in his first two seasons in the NFL.
Ventrone, 25, saw action in eight games (no starts) for the Patriots last season, and made two tackles.