Pats release QB Kafka, DT Cherrington

In roster moves that will be far overshadowed by bigger news, the New England Patriots released quarterback Mike Kafka and defensive tackle Dewayne Cherrington on Monday.

Kafka, a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011, signed with the Patriots earlier this offseason and was the third quarterback on the roster during organized team activities.

Cherrington was an undrafted rookie free agent from Mississippi State. The Patriots may ultimately choose to swap out the 6-foot-3, 335-pounder for a more experienced defensive lineman; they have hosted veteran defensive tackles Sedrick Ellis and Spencer Johnson in recent weeks.