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Patriots release WR Joey Galloway and TE Michael Matthews

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots released WR Joey Galloway and TE Michael Matthews today.

Galloway, 5-11, 197 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on March 19, 2009. He joined New England as a veteran of 14 NFL seasons with Seattle (1995-99), Dallas (2000-03) and Tampa Bay (2004-08). Galloway played in three games with two starts for New England this season and had seven receptions for 67 yards. Galloway originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 1995 out of Ohio State.

Matthews, 6-4, 270 pounds, was acquired by New England from the New York Giants on Sept. 5, 2009 in a trade. He was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent on May 8, 2007 out of Georgia Tech. Matthews played in three games for the Patriots in 2009 as a reserve tight end and on special teams.

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