Patriots release WR Gonzalez

The Patriots announced the release of wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez on Tuesday. The 2007 first-round draft choice of the Colts was attempting to revive his career in New England after playing in only 11 games over the last three seasons.

Gonzalez had a run of injuries that limited him after a promising start to his career (injury file here). Because of that injury history, the one-year contract Gonzalez signed with the Patriots heavily protected the team (link here), as he would have made a base salary of $701,000 if he made the roster, but his salary would be reduced to $368,000 if he landed on injured reserve. Gonzalez was also due a $15,000 workout bonus as part of the deal.

Perhaps an injury-related concern led to today's move. Gonzalez was not present at last Thursday's organized team activity that was open to reporters.

On April 10, Gonzalez met with reporters at Gillette Stadium and talked about how the Patriots were the perfect fit for him (link here). His signing represented insurance for the Patriots with Wes Welker, as Gonzalez did some of his best work out of the slot early in his career.

Julian Edelman and seventh-round draft choice Jeremy Ebert are other slot receivers on the roster, and veteran Deion Branch could also be a presence inside.