Report: Patriots waive Obi Melifonwu to make room for Antonio Brown
The New England Patriots made a splash by wasting no time in signing wide receiver Antonio Brown. It appears Brown’s arrival has spelled bad news for safety Obi Melifonwu and tight end Lance Kendricks.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots parted ways with both Melifonwu and Kendricks in order to make room for Brown:
The Patriots have waived S Obi Melifonwu and cut veteran TE Lance Kendricks, per source. Melifonwu’s spot on the 53-man roster goes to Antonio Brown.
Like Brown, Melifonwu had signed with the Patriots during the season after a brief stint with the Raiders. The former second-round pick had struggled to etch out a role on defense and was the last safety listed on the depth chart. As a result, he has become the odd-man-out after their recent signing.
Kendricks was another addition they made just prior to training camp. He sat out of the 2019 NFL season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers while serving a one-game suspension. It seems his tenure in New England is now over before it ever even began.
Brown has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $15 million deal with $10 million in guarantees. This is certainly a case of the rich getting richer after the Patriots trounced the Steelers in Week 1 without their new All-Pro addition in the mix.
Quarterback Tom Brady has not been shy about expressing his excitement for Brown’s arrival following his controversial departure from the Oakland Raiders.
It is safe to say that there is good reason for his optimism as long as they are able to keep the situation drama-free in New England.