The New England Patriots continue to dismantle their secondary. With the release of cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, this marks the third cornerback that they have released this offseason since May alone. Rich Hill at Pats Pulpit took a look at the Patriot's corner situation in the face of Chekwa's release.
The last corner released was Kyle Arrington, who the Ravens swooped in and grabbed for a three-year contract. With the Ravens still needing additional depth in the secondary, could they be interested in another Patriots sendoff?
The Patriots signed Chekwa back in March and have yet to see him even practice for the team yet. Having played his only professional football with the Oakland Raiders as a rotational player, Chekwa doesn't have the look of a shutdown corner, but could provide some additional depth to both the Patriots and Ravens, who are both in need of the bodies to fill up unquestionably both teams' biggest question mark this offseason.
At 6-foot tall and 190-pounds along with a 4.4 40-yard dash time, Chekwa has the physical side of being a corner down. Having been drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and being only 26, Chekwa will still need some time to fully hit his stride as a playmaker in the secondary. That potential along with being a special teams player should have been enough on it's own to keep him in New England.
For the Oakland Raiders, Chekwa played in 32 games over 4 years and combined for 51 total tackles. While he has had no interceptions, he seemed to be a solid rotational player for Oakland over the 4 years there. Not to mention that his Madden rating is a 69, so he can't be all that bad, right?