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Default Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 09-02-2003, 01:35 PM

Patriots cut Pro Bowl S Milloy


September 2, 2003
FOXBORO, Massachusetts (Ticker) - Bill Belichick made what he called "the hardest cut" of his career, releasing four-time Pro Bowl safety Lawyer Milloy for salary cap purposes.

A team captain for the last four seasons, Milloy was to earn $4.4 million in 2003 - the fourth year of a seven-year, $35 million deal.

"Of all the players I have released in my career, this easily would be the hardest," Belichick said. "It's an unfortunate situation all the way around but one that we've made and we will have to move forward with it."




With his original signing bonus, Milloy was to count for $5.8 million against the salary cap this season. The Patriots were hoping to soften the salary cap hit, but could not reach an agreement with Milloy and waived him.

"It is just unfortunate that this was kind of a casualty of the way the system is right now," Belichick said. "Both sides tried all the way to, truly, the 11th hour, to try to find a way to make it work but in the end we just weren't able to get it to that point."

Milloy, 29, played his entire seven-year career with the Patriots and has started 106 consecutive games at strong safety. He was selected to three straight Pro Bowls from 1998-2000 and again last year and has served as team captain since 1999.

Known for his ability to play the run, Milloy led the team in tackles from 1998-2001. He played a major role in intimidating St. Louis' receivers in the Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI in January 2002.

But the Patriots signed veteran strong safety Rodney Harrison in the offseason, perhaps indicating that Milloy could be on the way out. However, the Patriots moved Milloy to free safety after trading Tebucky Jones to New Orleans for three draft picks.

Aric Morris, Chris Akins and Antwan Harris are candidates to start at free safety for Sunday's opener at Buffalo.

"They have big shoes to fill," Belichick said. "Chris, Antwan and Aric have all worked there (free safety) and we will go with what we have and those players will get an opportunity to step in and play that position."

But the shock of losing Milloy may have an effect on the Patriots, who open the regular season Sunday in Buffalo.

"Today is a day that nobody is happy about," Belichick said. "This isn't the way we wanted this story to end."



Updated on Tuesday, Sep 2, 2003 2:03 pm EDT



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Default Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 09-02-2003, 02:04 PM

stunning cut.


the salary cap cuts suck the hardest.
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Default Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 09-02-2003, 02:24 PM

Will Milloy face Pats in Week 1?
Could standout strong safety Lawyer Milloy actually line up against his former team in Sunday's regular season opener? Don't bet against it.

Armed with Drew Bledsoe's endorsement, the Buffalo Bills have already contacted Milloy's agents and made an opening contract proposal, ESPN.com has learned.

The Patriots and Bills meet in Buffalo Sunday in what already is seen as a key matchup of AFC East contenders.

Several teams may interested in Milloy, a top safety and respected locker room presence. A few might hesitate to sign Milloy, 29, before this wekend, since "vested" veterans have their base salaries guaranteed on opening day, but Buffalo wants to complete a deal quickly if the financial numbers are right.

"We'd sign him right now and play him on Sunday," said a high-ranking team official.

The current Buffalo starters, Coy Wire and Pierson Priloeau, are solid defenders but not in Milloy's class. The two did not have an interception between them in 2002.
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Default Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 09-02-2003, 08:08 PM

ESPNews is reporting that the Cowboys and at least 7 other teams have contacted Milloy.
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Default Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 09-02-2003, 09:31 PM

I know Da boys are in need of playmakers but where would Milloy fit in?
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Default Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 09-02-2003, 10:01 PM

He doesn't fit in here. We are stacked at safety. The link is obviously due to the fact that Milloy and Parcells are close. I think Parcells brought him into the league or somesuch.
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Default RE:Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 02-02-2004, 01:21 AM

just bumping an old thread. I'm shocked that the Pats were able to overcome the loss of Milloy so easily.
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Default RE: Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 09-02-2003, 10:45 PM

if he's not too expensive, the boys should grab him. could you imagine that rotation. I know it doesn't make much sense, but i've liked Milloy from day one, and would love to see him with a star on his helmet. But if he goes elsewhere, i hope it's the Bills. I used to be a huge Pat fan, but with Bledsoe gone, and Milloy possibly to join him in buffalo, i think the Bills might turn into my 2nd fav team.



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Default Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 09-02-2003, 10:47 PM

He's going to be damned expensive.
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Default RE: Patriots cut Lawyer Milloy - 02-03-2004, 10:09 AM

they just replaced him with harrison. they are both 2 of the top SS's. Milloy should have known something was up when the Pats signed Harrison.



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