FOXBORO, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced the release of cornerback Chris Canty, today.
"Unfortunately, Chris did not take full advantage of his opportunity with the Patriots," said coach Pete Carroll. "I am encouraged by the work and commitment shown by many of our players and expect great competition at that position in camp this year."
Canty, 23, totaled 79 tackles, one interception and three sacks in two seasons with the Patriots. Last season, he started the first nine games at right cornerback before being replaced by Steve Israel, who started each of the last seven games. Canty finished the season playing as a defensive reserve and was credited with 53 total tackles (42 solo), which ranked 10th on the team. His only interception as a Patriot came vs. Indianapolis rookie Peyton Manning in the 1998 home opener (9/13/98).
Canty also contributed on special teams. In 1998, he returned 11 kickoffs for 198 yards (18.0 avg.) and filled in for an injured Troy Brown to return 16 punts for 170 yards (10.6 avg.). In addition, he lined up on coverage units late in the season and was credited with eight special teams tackles.
The 5-foot-9-inch, 185-pound cornerback was drafted in the first round (29th overall) of the 1997 NFL draft. Canty attended Kansas State and earned three letters (1994-96).