FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots released veteran nose tackle Keith Traylor today.
Traylor, 35, signed with the Patriots on March 31, 2004 and started 10 of 16 games for the team last season. The 6-foot-2-inch, 340-pound nose tackle was credited with 33 total tackles during the season.
He was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round (61st overall) of the 1991 NFL draft as a linebacker and earned all-rookie honors that season. He made the transition to defensive line in 1994 and became a starter in the trenches in 1997.
In 13 NFL seasons, he played for six teams and started 127 of 187 games. He has amassed 459 career tackles (316 solo), including 13 sacks. He has two career interceptions, which he returned for 129 yards (64.5 yard average). He returned the first career interception 62 yards for a touchdown in 1997. Four years later, he picked off his second pass and returned it 67 yards.