WEEI and Mike Reiss are each reporting that linebacker Rosevelt Colvin has been (or will be soon) released. Colvin was due to count $7.6 million against the cap next season, do doubt the main reason for this move.

Ironically, Colvin was a guest on WEEI’s Dale & Holley program this morning, and made mention of his uncertain status, though he stated that he hopes to be with the team next season.

If he is, it will be with a new (and smaller) contract.

Reiss also reported this morning that the Patriots and safety Eugene Wilson are also expected to part ways this offseason.

This move isn’t unexpected, as Wilson saw his playing time cut this season with the emergence of James Sanders as the starter alongside Rodney Harrison and with Brandon Meriweather coming on strong towards the end of his rookie season.

This weekend marks the start of free agency. The Patriots aren’t expected to be quite as active in the opening days this season, but we’ll keep you posted on any moves that they make..