This is more of an "inside football" topic and one that interested me from a number-crunching standpoint.
When the Patriots announced Tuesday they released rookie linebacker James Morris of Iowa after just four days, it seemed like a case where they gave a young player a look and simply decided to move on.
But there was more to it.
First, Morris was released with a "failed physical" designation, meaning he sustained some type of injury in his 3-4 days of practice with the team. Second, the Patriots had signed Morris to a contract that included a $10,000 signing bonus and $10,000 in guaranteed base salary. That $20,000 investment ranks tied for third highest among the team's undrafted players, which shows the club had some level of expectation that Morris would stick around a bit.