The move comes as a mild surprise because the Patriots guaranteed Moe $30,000 last year as part of a three-year contract, which was the highest guaranteed figure among the team's undrafted players. Moe had offers and interest from six other teams, according to Brei.
Given Moe's production at Missouri, and the Patriots' success with shifty slot receivers, Moe was viewed as a potential dark horse to make an impact. But he tore his Achilles in offseason camps last May and ultimately landed on season-ending injured reserve.
In making the move to release Moe, Brei said the Patriots told him they were simply moving in another direction, but considered the door open for a return in the future depending on how things unfold.