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Patriots Are Releasing Former 2nd Round NFL Draft Pick

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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots are reportedly parting ways with a veteran defensive back.

The conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft has sparked roster moves across the league. Veteran players are getting released to clear space for rookies.

New England fifth-year defensive back Obi Melifonwu has reportedly been informed that he's being released today.

"The Patriots have informed veteran S Obi Melifonwu of his release, per source. With the draft over, teams are reshuffling their roster to accommodate the new players added," ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Melifonwu, 26, was a second-round pick out of UCONN in the 2016 NFL Draft. He began his career in Oakland, where he played from 2016-17.

The defensive back joined the Patriots in 2018 and was part of the Super Bowl LII team.

Melifonwu signed a futures/reserve contract with New England in January, but he'll have to find a new NFL home for 2020.