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The Patriots take the first big economic step of the offseason

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 18: New England Patriots Kyle Van Noy #53 and New England Patriots Dont’a Hightower #54 react after an interception thrown by Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A week away from free agency, the Patriots are starting to get their books in order. In an unobtrusive move, the team released the linebacker Kyle Van Noy Monday afternoon.

Van Noy’s release, first reported by ESPN’s Yates Field, opens up just under $5 million in cap space for the team. Van Noy was entering the final year of his contract, which he signed last offseason after being cut by the Miami Dolphins in a similar move.

Upon his return to New England, Van Noy had one of the best seasons of his career in 2021. Playing in 16 games with eight starts, the 30-year-old had 66 tackles with five sacks and a career high of 10 deflected passes. He played 81% of snaps for a defensive unit that ranked second in the NFL in points allowed.

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