Aug 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle A.J. Francis (76) tackles New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson (29) in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots Release DT A.J. Francis

The Miami Dolphins were ridiculed last weekend, mostly by the same yearly complainers who view everything the Dolphins do with contempt, when the team opted to keep seven corner-backs on their roster and not the youthful prospect A.J. Francis.

Francis was claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots on Sunday and that sent many complainers into a tizzy. Now a week later and on the morning of the first regular season game the Patriots have released Francis.  The question is will the Dolphins make an attempt to bring the DT back to Miami or was his release not an attempt to stash the player on the practice squad.

Francis must clear waivers before he can be added to any team and the Patriots could very well re-sign him tomorrow if he does clear.  Francis told his “Twitter” followers that he was on his way to a special teams practice when Jeff Ireland stopped him and told him he was claimed by the Patriots.  An earlier rumor had Francis turning down an offer from the Patriots to join their PS opting to stay on Miami’s instead.

Now the ball will be back in Miami’s court so to speak.  Claiming him off waivers would mean he would be added to the 53 man roster.  To move him to the practice squad from there, the team would have to release him again and hope that he goes unclaimed.  Something the Patriots may trying to do as well.  The Dolphins could simply opt to let him clear waivers and then sign him to their PS.  Francis of course would have to agree to rejoin them and not someone else.

If the Dolphins opt to take the clear and PS route, there is a good chance that Francis could be back in Miami.  Provided the team does in fact want him.


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