ESPN’s Mike Reiss also confirmed the move was driven by the economy, although Van Noy had a solid year after returning to the Patriots for his second stint, recording 66 total tackles, with five sacks and one interception. against the Falcons he came back for a touchdown. . Van Noy was drafted in the second round by Detroit (40th overall), spending two and a half underproductive seasons there before initially arriving in New England in the 2016 season via trade.
Van Noy would win two Super Bowls with the Patriots and cash in the 2020 offseason on a lucrative contract in Miami.
Van Noy’s release further hurts a group of linebackers that are eyeing big turnover this season. Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins and Ja’Whaun Bentley are also all free agents, as they represent some of the Patriots’ most influential second-tier players of the past decade.
While Matthew Judon and his double-digit sack tally are set to return in 2022, there is little proven depth alongside him, despite a collection of nine other players currently on the roster. Veterans Harvey Langi and Raekwon McMillan have NFL experience but a limited number as full-time defensemen as Patriots, while the others have mostly played part-time roles during their various years with New England. Without Van Noy, it puts more focus on young players like Chase Winovich, Josh Uche, Anfernee Jennings and Ronnie Perkins.
While there’s still free agency and the draft to go, these recent linebacker/edge picks should have every chance of grabbing big new roles on defense this summer.