Jacksonville Jaguars Claim Kyle Love After Being Cut by Patriots for Having Diabetes

January 14, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Kyle Love (74) reacts after taking the field to face the Denver Broncos in the 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

An interesting story that has developed over the last 48 hours revolves around no former New England Patriots defensive lineman Kyle Love. After being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, the Patriots cut Love who had actually been a productive piece of the Pats’ line. That production now heads down to Jacksonville as the Jaguars have picked up Love and will play him — diabetes or not.

Mike Garafolo of USA Today confirmed the news on Thursday.

This is a great end to the story that was looking like a real tragedy. New England didn’t come right out and say Love was cut because he had diabetes, but that’s only because the NFL doesn’t stress specific medical terms when it comes to the termination of contracts. The Patriots listed “medical reasons” as justification for cutting Love — and if a guy id diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes and is then cut for “medical reasons” less than 48 hours later, it doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots.

Love split time with Vince Wilfork on the Patriots defensive line, and he was pretty productive in doing so. That’s another reason the Patriots cutting Love was so fishy and felt so wrong. The Jaguars have cleaned up the mess though and have grabbed an excellent piece to add to their defensive front.

Interestingly enough, Jacksonville just recently signed ex-Patriots defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick after he was cut by New England this week as well. Deadrick split time with and played along side Love in New England, so the reunion will only motivate the duo to prove everyone wrong and in Love’s case, get much deserved revenge on those that have wronged him.

Topics: Jacksonville Jaguars, Kyle Love, New England Patriots, NFL

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