Patriots Release Cassius Marsh, Sign Eric Lee To Active Roster
The New England Patriots announced that they released defensive end Cassius Marsh, Tuesday. To fill the void on the active roster, the team also announced the signing of defensive end Eric Lee from the Buffalo Bills practice squad.
Marsh, who was acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for two draft picks just prior to the start of the season, underwhelmed in his time with the Pats. Playing in nine of the team's first 11 games, the veteran recorded just 16 total tackles and one sack, while continually failing to set the edge along the line and allowing opposing running backs and quarterbacks to run the ball outside for large chunks of yards.
To replace Marsh, the Pats have signed second year defensive end Eric Lee off of the Buffalo Bills practice squad. Lee, who entered the league as a rookie free agent with the Houston Texans prior to last season spent all of last year on the Houston practice squad. He did spend one week on Buffalo's active roster this season, but didn't play in the Week 4 game and has spent the rest of the season on their practice squad.
New England is likely hoping that Lee can provide a boost in play over what marsh was giving them, with the upside of being a young player that could further develop in the future.