Patriots Release CB Shawn Springs; Arizona Cardinals An Option?

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The New England Patriots released 13-year veteran cornerback Shawn Springs on Tuesday afternoon after spending just one season with the team. The 35-year old is one of the first veteran cornerbacks to hit the market following the draft. From NFL Fanhouse:

Springs could be near the end of his 13-year NFL career. This marks the second time in two years that a team has cut Springs -- Washington released him following the 2008 season. Prior to his single-season stint in New England, Springs spent five years with the Redskins and seven in Seattle, which drafted him out of Ohio State in 1997. Springs made $4.5 million in 2009 with the Patriots -- including a $2.7 million signing bonus -- as part of a three-year, $10 million-plus deal signed last offseason. The Patriots haven't ruled out bringing Springs back at a reduced rate, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

The Cardinals are very thin at cornerback, especially after trading Bryant McFadden back to the Steelers during the draft last month. Aside from clear starter Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, they will feature 2nd-year man Greg Toler and Michael Adams competing for the second starting spot. Springs has loads of experience but could be a liability at this point in his career. Should the Cardinals bring in Springs for a visit?

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