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Patriots surprise everyone as latest offseason departure confirmed

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With the backlash and drama it has generated, the New England Patriots certainly won't be grateful for deflategate and the intense scrutiny it has brought upon the franchise in recent weeks.

The headline grabbing sage has though kept attention off another odd strategy playing out at Foxboro this offseason.

Another one gone

The Super Bowl champions have been relentless in ridding themselves of almost any player that can play in the crucial cornerback position. And today brought news that they've left themselves another man light for the 2015 campaign after cutting yet another player.

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After seeing starting duo Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis depart in free agency, and with veterans Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington released by the Pats this month, New England fans could be forgiven for questioning the logic in releasing a cornerback who only signed with the team two months ago as a potential replacement for the exiting quartet.

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Indeed, with Chekwa only joining up with the Patriots this offseason after four years with the Oakland Raiders, this doesn't sound particularly positive for all involved.

For the veteran CB, the fact he failed to convince the franchise of his value at a position that is looking increasingly vulnerable is a worrying sign for his future in the NFL.

As for the Patriots, Bill Belichick would likely have been hoping Chekwa would be able to come in and at least compete for a role with such high profile departures.

Instead, mid-way through May the reigning champions are facing up to throwing Malcolm Butler (a rookie in 2014) and Bradley Fletcher (ranked 92nd out of 108 cornberbacks last season during a spell with the Eagles) into starting roles with little to no depth on the roster.

At present only Logan Ryan and Robert McClain provide other options at cornerback.

taking risks

As has been proven with the whole deflategate fallout - if you choose to side with the Wells Report - the New England Patriots are not averse to taking risks in order to find success.

Indeed, Belichick has succeeded where other teams have not largely because of his ability to think outside the box.

Gutting yourself of virtually your entire secondary after a standout 2014 campaign is, though, one of the more bizarre ways of going about achieving your goals.

Patriots fans: Are you concerned with how the offseason has gone both in terms of players leaving, and headlines off the field? Have your say in the comments below...

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