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Jermaine Cunningham cut loose in New England

The Patriots cut Jermaine Cunningham on Saturday. Aaron Wilson

Print This August 31, 2013, 11:47 AM EST

The Patriots parted ways with a former second-round draft pick on Saturday.

New England released Jermaine Cunningham, who never lived up to his second-round billing after being taken in the 2010 NFL draft.

Cunningham finished the 2012 season with just 24 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. However, it was clear he didn't fit the mold to what the Patriots were looking for on defense.

The Patriots, once regarded as possessing one of the better defenses in the NFL, has struggled in recent years. After winning three Super Bowls in four years in the early 2000s, the Patriots have seemingly been rebuilding the defense each season in recent years.

Being forced to cut Cunningham is just another example of this.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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