Patriots release Mohamed Sanu; save $6.5 million

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New England Patriots rarely make mistakes on players, especially with Bill Belichick leading the front office and calling the plays as head coach. Well, Mohamed Sanu was one of those rare mistakes.

The Patriots cut Sanu on Wednesday. We previously reported that, according to long-time Patriots beat reporter Mike Reiss, Sanu was going to have a tough time making the team.

Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is tackled by Robert McClain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mohamed Sanu is tackled by Robert McClain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by the Associated Press/Chris O’Meara)

He will now have an attempt to sign on with a team, who needs wide receiver depth, before the 53-man rosters are set this weekend. He has shown glimpses of being a good receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Falcons.

However, he has never been a top wide receiver in the league. He has only had one season, where he surpassed 800 yards.

By releasing Sanu, New England is saving $6.5 million on their cap.

The Patriots wasted a second-round draft pick in the deal for Sanu. The Atlanta Falcons traded the wide receiver to New England before the 2019 trade deadline, who were attempting to help the team’s struggling wide receiver core.

Instead, Sanu got hurt almost immediately after the trade. He suffered a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss one game, then hampered him throughout the rest of the season.

In the off-season, Sanu had surgery on his injured ankle.

Before the injury, Sanu has 12 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown as the second receiver opposite Julian Edelman. However, after the injury, he had 14 receptions and 103 yards.

The 31-year-old New Brunswick, New Jersey native made eight appearances, including six starts with the Patriots following the trade. He had 26 receptions for 207 yards and one touchdown.

With the Falcons, he appeared in seven games, including six starts. He had 33 receptions for 313 yards and a touchdown.

In his career, Sanu has made 118 appearances, including 92 starts. He has 403 receptions for 4,507 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Sanu has not had more than 838 receiving yards during a season, which came during the 2018 season. Only three times in his career has he surpassed 700 yards, which came in 2014 with the Cincinnati Bengals when he had 790 yards, 2017 when he had 703 yards with the Falcons and the aforementioned career season in 2018.

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