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Patriots Release Promising Defensive End Markell Carter

Yes, Markell Carter was a New England Patriot. But seeing as how Scott Pioli has been in Kansas City since 2009, there's no official connection for the Chiefs to consider here. However, the New England Patriots recently cut Carter, last year's sixth round choice, as a linebacker converted to defensive end, and they seemed to like him quite a bit regarding future plans.

Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk writes, "Normally the release of a player like Carter wouldn't cause much of a ripple, but circumstances make this one a little more interesting. Carter was named the Patriots' practice squad player of the week seven times last season and the team chose to give him a raise from $149,000 to $306,000 in order to keep him from joining another team last season. That indicated plans for the future involving Carter, but those plans obviously changed."

The Chiefs have remade much of their defensive line the last two years and let Wallace Gilberry go this offseason as the team drafted Dontari Poe, re-signed Amon Gordon and will likely continue to overturn the bottom of the roster in hopes of finding the best rotation. Carter, formerly out of Central Arkansas, could make an interesting player to work out and consider.