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Patriots sign free agent DL Eathyn Manumaleuna; Release DL Seali'i Epenesa
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed rookie free agent DL Eathyn Manumaleuna (BYU) and released rookie free agent DL Seali'i Epenesa (UCLA).
Manumaleuna, 25, was originally signed by the New York Giants as a rookie free agent out of Brigham Young on May 12, 2014. The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder, was released by the Giants on June 19, 2014. He played as a true freshman for BYU in 2007 and then served a two-year mission. He returned to the starting lineup in 2010. After suffering an injury early in the year as senior in 2010, Manumaleuna was granted a medical redshirt year after suffering an injury early in the year as a senior in 2012 and came back to start all 13 games in 2013. He finished his college career playing in 56 games and finishing with 143 total tackles and 5.5 sacks.
Epenesa, 22, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of UCLA on June 17, 2014. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder, played in 41 games and finished with 46 total tackles and one sack during his four year college career. He played in 12 games with seven starts as a senior in 2013 and was credited with 16 tackles and one sack.