Patriots release K Mike Nugent and TE Eric Tomlinson; Release OL Aaron Monteiro from practice squad
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have released K Mike Nugent and TE Eric Tomlinson from the 53-man roster and OL Aaron Monteiro from the practice squad.
Nugent, 37, signed with New England on Oct. 3, 2019. He played in four games and made converted 5-of-8 field goal attempts and 15-of 16 extra point attempts. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the second-round (47th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. Nugent spent four seasons with the Jets before moving on to Arizona (2009), Tampa Bay (2009), Cincinnati (2010-16), Chicago (2017), Dallas (2017) and Oakland (2018).
Nugent has appeared in 168 regular-season games and converted 258-of-319 (80.9%) field-goal attempts and 378-of-393 extra-point attempts for 1,122 career points. He has also played in five postseason contests and made 7-of-8 field goal attempts and all five extra points he has attempted.
Tomlinson, 27, signed with the Patriots on Oct. 15, 2019. He started both games he appeared in and caught one pass for 5 yards. Tomlinson originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 out of Texas El Paso. The 6-foot-6, 263-pounder, spent the first year and half on the Houston practice squad before being signed to the New York Jets on Nov. 5, 2016 from the Houston practice squad. He spent three seasons with the Jets, playing in 36 games with 29 starts and accumulating 16 receptions for 193 yards with one touchdown. Tomlinson was released by the Jets on Aug. 31, 2019 and claimed off waivers by the New York Giants on Sept. 1. After playing in three games, Tomlinson was released by the Giants on Sept. 24, 2019.
Monteiro, 22, joined the Patriots practice squad on Oct. 22, 2019. He was originally signed by Miami as a rookie free agent out of Boston College on May 9, 2019, and released on Aug. 31, 2019. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at left tackle at Boston College.