Patriots To Part Ways With Carter

According to multiple reports, Patriots defensive lineman / linebacker Markell Carter has been informed he's being released by the team.

The Patriots have informed LB Markell Carter that he's been released, according to multiple reports.  The 22-year old defender was signed to a future contract in February 2012.

A sixth round pick in 2011 (194th overall), Carter spent last season on the team's practice squad.  Reportedly earning an increase in pay, Carter chose to remain with the club in December rather than sign with another team for a chance to earn playing time.

According to his twitter account, Carter wished fans well Thursday morning:

The 6-foot-4, 248-pound Oklahoma native had reportedly been working on bulking up to play more of the DE/OLB role with the Patriots.  A defensive end in college, Carter recorded 143 tackles and 16.5 sacks at Central Arkansas.

Carter's release will create one open spot on the Patriots 90-man roster.

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