Field Yates of ESPN is reporting that the Patriots have released veteran OT Sebastian Vollmer on Friday.
Yesterday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that Vollmer’s contract tolled for the 2017 season after he spent the entire year on the Patriots’ physically-unable-to-perform list.
This meant that he is still under contract with the team for next season. However, Pelissero added that the Patriots were still planning to release him in the coming days, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
According to Jeff Howe, retirement remains an option for Vollmer this offseason.
Vollmer, 32, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2009. Because his contract tolled, he is in the final year of his four-year, $17 million contract that included $8.25 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $2.25 million for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Vollmer will free up $2.25 million of available cap space while creating no dead money.
New England placed him on the reserve/PUP list coming out of the preseason last year.
In 2015, Vollmer appeared in 14 games for the Patriots and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 42 offensive tackle out of 77 qualifying players.