Jermaine Cunningham released by Patriots, per report

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In the three years since the Patriots drafted Cunningham, things went downhill fast.

The New England Patriots have cut defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, according to ProFootballTalk.

Cunningham was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft for the Patriots out of Florida, but he quickly fell out of favor in New England. He started 11 games as a rookie and finished with 27 tackles and one sack. But in 2011, he did not make a single start. He finished the season with one tackle.

Last season, he set a career high with 2 1/2 sacks, but he only made 16 tackles in 12 games. Cunningham has 60 career tackles and 3 1/2 sacks in three seasons with New England.

In November, he was suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.

Cunningham was not the highest-profile former Gator the Patriots cut Saturday in an effort to get down to 53 men by 6 p.m. ET. Earlier in the day, it was reported the Patriots had cut Tim Tebow.

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