New England Patriots
: Veteran linebacker Roman Phifer
, a member of three Super Bowl-winning teams with the New England Patriots
, was released on Monday.
Phifer alternated at inside linebacker with Ted Johnson
this past season and recorded 51 tackles.
But Phifer, who turns 37 on March 5, is the Patriots' oldest defensive player.
Phifer spent his first eight years with the Los Angeles-St. Louis Rams
and two with the New York Jets
before signing with the Patriots in 2001.
He played the first two years in New England at right outside linebacker, but moved inside in a 3-4 alignment in 2003. In his four seasons with the Patriots, Phifer totaled 385 tackles, ranking second on the team to Tedy Bruschi
A second-round pick of the Rams in 1991, Phifer recorded 1,297 tackles, 29 sacks and 11 interceptions in 211 games.