Patriots part ways with P Jake Bailey

The New England Patriots have parted ways with punter Jake Bailey after a turbulent seven months.Bailey, 25, signed a four-year, $13.5 million contract extension on Aug. 1.He landed on injured reserve with a back injury on Nov. 19 and returned to practice on Dec. 21.In January, the Patriots suspended Bailey for undisclosed reasons for the final two games of the season.ESPN reported at the time that the suspension was “due, in part, to differing viewpoints on if Bailey was ready to return to game action.”Bailey, whose punting job was taken by Michael Palardy, later filed a grievance against the Patriots regarding the suspension.

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