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Pats release DB Jeff Burris

The New England Patriots released defensive back Jeff Burris today.

Burris, 31, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on April 28, 2004. The Notre Dame product joined the Patriots after two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he started in 20 of 29 games at cornerback in 2002 and 2003. Prior to signing with the Bengals on March 26, 2002, Burris was a member of the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2001. Burris began his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, who selected him in the first round (27th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft.

The Rock Hill, S.C., native's career totals include 568 tackles (459 solo) and 19 interceptions for 302 yards and two touchdowns. He has also recorded 15 special teams tackles and 105 punt returns for 1,103 yards. The 6-foot, 195 pound defensive back was a four-year letterman at Notre Dame from 1990-93, and was a consensus first-team All-American and team MVP as a senior.

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