It’s been a tumultuous few days for now ex-Patriots guard Josh Kline.
First, he survived the final roster cuts on Saturday, presumably having made the team. Then, yesterday, it was reported that he was being sent to the Philadelphia Eagles along with a conditional draft pick in exchange for cornerback Eric Rowe. However, it was later reported that Kline was no longer a part of the deal (though the Patriots did still acquire Rowe in exchange for the draft selection). Today, the Patriots have informed Kline of his release from the team.
It’s an illustration of the harsh, often ruthless nature of the business that is the NFL. It’s a scenario that played out earlier in training camp when the Patriots released Bryan Stork after failing to trade him to the Redskins. Whether Kline will rejoin the team as a practice squad member after he clears waivers remains uncertain at this point.
In any case, this leaves the Patriots with Jonathan Cooper, Joe Thuney, Shaq Mason, Tre’ Jackson, and Ted Karras at guard on the active roster. Stay tuned for any further roster news and updates heading into the team’s initial contest against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.