New England Patriots release LB Roman Phifer

By Hugo Guzman  |   Tuesday, March 01, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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FOXBORO, Massachussetts - Veteran linebacker Roman Phifer, who played on all three of New England's Super Bowl winners, was released on Monday. The 36 year-old Phifer (a 14-year veteran) was signed by the team as a free agent in 2001 and played in 59 games in his four seasons with the Patriots. Phifer recorded 385 tackles, ranking second on the team over that span to Tedy Bruschi with 403. He led the team in tackles in 2002.

Phifer was originally selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft of of UCLA. He played eight years with the Rams in Los Angeles and St. Louis before signing with the New York Jets in 1999. He went to New England two years later, following Bill Belichick, who had been the Jets defensive coordinator before becoming the Patriots' head coach. His career totals include 1,297 tackles, 29 sacks, 11 interceptions, 18 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.

Last year, he was primarily a backup to inside LBs Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson, one of the many interchangeable parts who have helped New England during its run to three NFL titles in four seasons.
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