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Veteran NFL WR Asks For His Release From The Patriots

A closeup of a New England Patriots football helmet. The team will be without David Andrews in Week 3.

ATLANTA - AUGUST 11: A detailed view of a New England Patriots helmet prior to the NFL preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on August 11, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Just two days after the New England Patriots gained one veteran wide receiver with Josh Gordon's reinstatement, they released another in Dontrelle Inman.

Inman was signed by New England in mid-May after spending last season with the Indianapolis Colts. However, he reportedly asked for an was granted his release today, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

It seems like a pure numbers game led to this decision from Inman. Longtime Patriot Julian Edelman, Gordon, first-round rookie N'Keal Harry and veteran Phillip Dorsett are just some of the wide receivers on the depth chart in New England.

There's also Demaryius Thomas and Cam Meredith, who are on the PUP list, plus young options like Braxton Berrios and Jakobi Meyers.

Inman, 30, probably sensed his days and opportunities were numbered with the Patriots.

More than likely, it won't take long for Inman to catch on elsewhere. He's healthy and relatively young and should still be able to help a team.

Signed out of the CFL in 2014, Inman has hauled in 140 catches for 1,890 yards and 11 touchdowns in 52 career games with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.