McGinest was a Patriots lifer who had been with the team through it all. He first played in New England in 1994, started all 16 games in 1995 and endured through the Bill Parcells and Pete Carroll eras before flourishing on Belichick’s Super Bowl-winning teams. A key linebacker in the Patriots’ solid defense over that stretch, McGinest was let go in 2006, with the team preferring salary cap space. He spent three more seasons with the Browns, but his best years were clearly behind him.
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