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New England Patriots Roster Cuts 2011: Pats Release CB Darius Butler

In a somewhat surprising move, the New England Patriots have released corner back Darius Bulter on Tuesday, according to a statement from Butler on his Twitter account.

Its been real New England. I was blessed to have a chance to play and start my NFL career here. But its time to open a new chapter. Thx #patsnation. http://t.co/k54jRgOless than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply

Butler played two seasons in New England, recording 54 tackles, three interceptions, 14 pass defends and a fumble recovery in 29 games. In 2009, his rookie campaign, Butler set career-highs in tackles (32) and interceptions (3). In 2010, Butler played in 15 games - starting three - and had a lackluster 22 tackles and six pass defends.

Richard Hill at Pats Pulpit reacted to the news about Butler's release, saying the following.

Butler represented one of the last players of the Patriots' opportunistic defense of the mid-decade and wasn't the right piece for the current defense. His athletic skill set never matched the physicality required of the new-image defense that Bill Belichick has been crafting the past couple seasons. Butler should find himself on another team very quickly; unfortunately, it won't be the Patriots.

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