Field Yates of ESPN Boston believes that Isaac Sopoaga is a strong candidate for release when it comes to the New England Patriots. His opinion is shared by many people who are familiar with the Patriots, and it is absolutely correct.
Sopoaga was a huge bust ever since Nick Caserio traded for him. The veteran defensive tackle was acquired to replace Vince Wilfork as the starting nose tackle, but even that did not work out. His lack of production (two tackles and one sack in six games) caused Sopoaga to be benched for waiver-wire pickup Sealver Siliga.
Even if the box score is not enough to tell you that Sopoaga was a bust, one does not have to look any further to see that the Patriots’ run defense was pretty bad when he was in the lineup. It was Sopoaga who played heavily when running backs like Knowshon Moreno and Ben Tate ran all over the Patriots defense.
Then once Siliga became the starting nose tackle, the Patriots’ run defense miraculously got better. You could see it on both film and paper. Siliga simply held his ground better than Sopoaga, so Matt Patricia stuck with the younger defensive tackle.
Being benched should be enough reason for Sopoaga to be released, but there are other solid reasons as to why he needs to be cut. First and foremost, releasing him would save $2.5 million. Plus if you consider that he is 32-years-old, many people would be right to say that Sopoaga is on the decline. His release is almost a slam dunk.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.