The New England Patriots announced the release of safety Jason Perry today.
Perry, 27, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Feb. 6, 2004 and was allocated to NFL Europe for its 2004 season. While in Europe, Perry started at safety in all 10 games for the Amsterdam Admirals and recorded 57 tackles (48 solo). In four NFL seasons, Perry has played in 36 games with eight starts and has notched 56 tackles (46 solo) and intercepted two passes.
The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Passaic, N.J., has played in the NFL for San Diego (1999-2001), Minnesota (2002) and Cincinnati (2002). He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. As a rookie for San Diego in 1999, he played in all 16 games with five starts and recorded a career-high 26 tackles (21 solo). He played in just one game for the Chargers in 2000 before ending the season on injured reserve. In 2001, played in 14 games with three starts while recording two interceptions including one returned 37 yards for a touchdown. He was released by the Chargers following 2002 training camp, but was signed by the Minnesota Vikings (10/03/02) and played in three games before being waived (12/16/02). He was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati (12/17/02) and played in two late-season games for the Bengals. He became a free agent following the 2002 season and spent the 2003 season out of football.