The Patriots released four players Monday afternoon: defensive lineman Cory Grissom, running back Sam McGuffie, wide receiver T.J. Moe and linebacker Taylor Reed.

The release of Moe was reported earlier Monday.

The following is a portion of the press release issued by the team:

The Patriots are re-signing tight end Michael Hoomanawanui to a two-year contract, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The 25-year-old Hoomanwanui has played the last two seasons in New England. In 27 regular-season games he has 17 catches for 245 yards and a touchdown.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder has been in the league for four seasons, two with the Patriots and two with the Rams (2010-11).

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It sounds like Brandon Spikes is ready to move on from the Patriots.

Speaking with “NFL AM” on “NFL Network” Friday morning, the linebacker, who played the last four seasons with New England, said that both he and the team “could benefit from a fresh start.”

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Spikes, who was drafted by the Patriots out of Florida in 2010, just finished the final year of a four-year deal he signed as a rookie.

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is expected to be charged with assault after his altercation with a fellow inmate last week at the Bristol County House of Corrections, following an investigation by the office of Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson.

The Patriots and Julian Edelman had discussions about a new contract on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, The receiver, who caught a career-high 105 balls in 2013, is set to become an unrestricted free agent next week, and is coming off a one-year deal where he made roughly $1 million.

Free agency is set to open Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Sports Illustrated writer Peter King joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about the possibility of Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis being on the move, Aqib Talib and his future, and more.

The deadline for the franchise tag has now come and gone — it was Monday at 4 p.m. — and it appears the Patriots have decided not to use the tag for the second straight year.

Four players received the franchise tag, while two others were hit with the transition tag. The following players were tagged:

Alfonzo Dennard reported to a Lincoln, Neb., jail on Saturday to begin his 60-day term for a 2012 assault on a police officer, according to the Associated Press.

The Patriots will release safety Steve Gregory on Friday, according to his agent David Canter.

The 31-year-old Gregory, who spent the last two seasons with New England, started 23 regular season games for the Patriots in that stretch. His best season came in 2013, when he played in 14 games (staring 11), and had 79 tackles (50 solo) and one sack, to go along with three passes defensed.

After a physical altercation with another inmate, former Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been relocated to an isolated cell at Bristol County Jail.