The New England Patriots cut ties with 2014 first-round pick Dominique Easley, releasing the oft-injured former Florida defensive lineman Wednesday, according to Tom Curran of CSN New England.
Easley, 23, played in 22 games for the Patriots, but ended each of his last two seasons on injured reserve. In 2015, he played in 11 games and finished the year with two sacks and nine tackles.
Injuries were a consistent theme during Easley’s time at Florida too, where he tore his ACL as a sophomore in 2011 and suffered the same injury again as a senior in 2013. Still, his explosive talent convinced the Patriots to select him with the No. 29 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Earlier in the 2016 offseason, the Patriots traded away defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals, and signed defensive linemen Chris Long and Terrance Knighton.