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Tully Banta-Cain | Linebacker

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/28/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 250
College: California
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 7 (239) / NE

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Free agent OLB/DE Tully Banta-Cain is scheduled to visit the Jets Tuesday, a source tells
The Raiders put Banta-Cain through a physical last week and his surgically repaired abdomen muscle passed. Once up to game speed, the ex-Patriot could give the Jets' pass rush a boost off the edge -- he has 14.5 sacks over his last 31 games. They wouldn't have to guarantee Banta-Cain's contract for the season if he's signed this week. Tue, Sep 13, 2011 09:55:00 AM

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Free agent OLB/DE Tully Banta-Cain visited the Raiders on Thursday.

Banta-Cain was said to be questionable for the start of the regular season after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn muscle in his abdomen. The Raiders will see if he's close to game shape.
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 02:26:00 PM

Patriots informed OLB Tully Banta-Cain of his release.

The move saves $2.3 million in base salary. Banta-Cain has 15 sacks over the past two seasons, but recently underwent a serious surgery to repair a torn muscle in his abdomen and may not have been ready for Opening Day. It's possible the Pats could bring him back for less money (veteran's minimum?) during the season. The Patriots could also choose to move on if they acquire a free agent pass rusher such as Matt Roth or Mathias Kiwanuka.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 12:10:00 PM

Patriots OLB Tully Banta-Cain underwent surgery Friday to repair an abdominal tear.

Banta-Cain's abdominal issues worsened in recent workouts after lingering throughout last season. His five sacks were second only to Mike Wright's 5.5 last season. Pass rusher was already considered the Patriots' biggest need in free agency. This news could intensify New England's pursuit of Matt Roth or Mathias Kiwanuka, though the National Football Post hears TBC could be practicing again in 4-5 weeks.
Sun, Jul 24, 2011 03:59:00 PM

Patriots OLB Tully Banta-Cain was benched for the team's Week 3 game against the Bills.

Banta-Cain led the Pats in sacks last year and had at least a half sack in each of the first two games, so his demotion was surprising. Rookie Jermaine Cunningham got the nod, and was mostly invisible with just two tackles.
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 06:11:00 PM

Tully Banta-Cain and Derrick Burgess are expected to open the season as the Patriots' starting outside linebackers.

Burgess sat out most of camp for personal reasons, but was immediately installed with the first-team defense upon return. He obviously had no trouble holding off second-round rookie Jermaine Cunningham. Banta-Cain is the Pats' returning sack leader, so he was going to win a starting job all along.
Source: ESPN Boston
Wed, Aug 25, 2010 03:15:00 PM

Patriots OLB Tully Banta-Cain revealed that he underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason.

"It was a minor surgery," said TBC. "I’m finally back doing everything with the team, all the workouts." Banta-Cain returns as a likely starter after leading the Patriots in sacks last year and signing a pricey offseason extension.
Sat, May 22, 2010 04:38:00 PM

Patriots re-signed OLB Tully Banta-Cain to a three-year contract with a $6 million signing bonus.

He will earn $4.5M per season, with escalators that could push it to $6M per. Coming off a career year, Banta-Cain is not a good bet to live up to this contract. The deal doesn't solve the team's pass-rushing problems, but it will take them out of the running for high-profile free agents at the position.
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 03:05:00 PM

Impending unrestricted free agent OLB Tully Banta-Cain wants to return to the Patriots and get paid as a starter.

Banta-Cain is coming off a career year in which he racked up 9.5 sacks as the team's best pass rusher. Agent James A. Sims said he hopes his client will have a new deal before free agency begins in March, but the Patriots may hold off. They could be involved in the Julius Peppers sweepstakes and the Vince Wilfork situation also needs to be resolved.
Sun, Feb 14, 2010 09:20:00 AM

Contrary to earlier reports, Tully Banta-Cain did not sign a contract extension during the 2009 season.

The Pats cut Banta-Cain for procedural reasons in late October, only to re-sign him a day later. It was incorrectly reported at the time that an extension was involved. Now a free agent, the Pats' leading pass-rusher wants to re-sign in New England.
Fri, Jan 29, 2010 06:44:00 PM

Patriots OLB Tully Banta-Cain recorded a career-high three sacks against the Bills yesterday.

The Bills offensive line is a joke. All three sacks came in the fourth quarter, bringing his season total to 8 1/2. Banta-Cain has been the lone successful pass rusher for the Pats in a career year.
Mon, Dec 21, 2009 09:34:00 AM

Patriots LB Tully Banta-Cain left Monday night's game with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return.

Adalius Thomas and Derrick Burgess will handle OLB duties with TBC out.
Mon, Nov 30, 2009 10:12:00 PM

Patriots LB Tully Banta-Cain suffered a rib injury in the first quarter Sunday night and is questionable to return.

Banta-Cain was tended to on the sideline for several minutes before being taken to the locker room. The Pats are battered on both sides of the ball.
Sun, Nov 15, 2009 09:09:00 PM

Patriots OLB Tully Banta-Cain played 50 snaps against the Bucs last week.

While the lopsided score had something to do with it, the Patriots are using TBC as more than just a third-down blitzer. He made an effort play against the Bucs that coach Bill Belichick called "one of the best plays we’ve had all year." Banta-Cain has 18 tackles and three sacks on the season.
Thu, Oct 29, 2009 11:03:00 AM

Patriots signed OLB Tully Banta-Cain to a two-year extension through 2011.

The Pats couldn't extend Banta-Cain on his veteran minimum contract, so his Monday release was procedural. Tied for the team lead in sacks, Banta-Cain is being rewarded for his early-season play. His 2009 salary increases from $620,000 to $1.8 million, and he gets big bumps in 2010 and 2011.
Tue, Oct 20, 2009 07:06:00 PM

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