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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Troy Brown, Leaving Town

The Patriots cut Troy Brown today, and I imagine some people will think this is a cold, heartless move by the organization, especially given Brown's selfless conversion to defensive back on the most recent Pats' championship run.

Maybe so, but this is the modern-day NFL that we have. If you love the NFL for its competitive games every year, you have the salary-cap structure to thank for that. And the dark side of the salary cap is that this time every year, lots of veteran players get cut. That's the way it goes. Troy Brown, great guy that he was, wasn't worth the $5 million cap hit the team was going to have to endure to keep him around.