FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ Cornerback Chris Canty, New England's first-round draft choice in the 1997 draft, was released by the Patriots on Tuesday.

Canty started the first nine games at right corner last season for the Patriots, who needed salary cap room to sign their 1999 draft choices. He had 79 tackles, one interception and three sacks in two seasons with the Patriots.

Canty, who played at Kansas State, was drafted 29th overall in 1997.