The Patriots have just two wide receivers under contract for the 2012 season: Chad Ochocinco and Julian Edelman.
It's hard to believe the Patriots would bring back Ochocinco, who's due 3 million next season. And even if they re-sign Wes Welker, it's a position that figures to undergo a great deal of change. Will they draft a wideout? Sign a free-agent receiver? Trade for one?
NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest told the Boston Herald that if the Patriots could get their hands on free-agent-to-be Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, that might be a match that would work for both sides.
Wayne said he's open to the idea.
It came up in the conversation would Wayne ever want to play for the Patriots, McGinest told the Herald. He smiled and said, Who wouldnt want to play there?
If it could have worked with Chad (Ochocinco), it would have been good. It didnt. I just think (Tom Brady) has a lot of weapons, but he can always use that stretch-the-field receiver. When they had Randy (Moss) there, it really made it tough for teams to stop them. Reggie Wayne is somebody who could stretch the field. He has great hands, hes a professional who could pick up the system. Having another big-time receiver like that would put it over the top.