SMITHFIELD, RI – The New England Patriots waived rookie free agent Tony Ortiz, 23, and 26-year old, Noel Scarlett today.
Scarlett, a 6-foot-3-inch, 320-pound defensive tackle, was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 22, 1999. He then played in NFL Europe for the Scottish Claymores. The Atlanta, Ga. native played his collegiate football at Langston (Okla.).
Ortiz, a 6-foot, 225-pound special teams performer, was originally claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys on July 14, 2000. The South Bronx, N.Y. native played his collegiate football for Nebraska.