The Patriots released Cal cornerback Tim Mixon yesterday after adding more players at the position via the Draft and free agency. The 5-foot-9, 184-pound defender was part of the team's practice squad in 2007. The former California product joined New England in 2007 after short stays with the Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears.
Mixon was a longshot to make the final roster as the Patriots build depth around him. New England added defensive backs Fernando Bryant, Jason Webster and Lewis Sanders via free agency. The team selected another pair of defensive backs via the Draft; Terrence Wheatley (Colorado) and Jonathan Wilhite (Auburn).
Mixon did not participate in any regular season or postseason games for the Patriots.
The team also released veteran linebacker T.J. Slaughter. The 6-foot-1, 233-pound defender joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on February 12, 2008.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Slaughter in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. The Jaguars released him midway through the 2003 season before the Green Bay Packers acquired him. He has moved around during his time in the league playing mostly as a backup linebacker and special teams player.
The Southern Miss product has played on five teams: Jacksonville (2000-03), Green Bay (2003), Baltimore Ravens (2004), New Orleans Saints (2005), San Francisco 49ers (2006). He did not participate in any games for New England.
Slaughter's roster spot became in jeopardy when the Patriots added three linebackers via the NFL Draft. The team has also agreed to terms with a number of undrafted rookie free agents.