The New England Patriots are thought to be one of the teams interested in what is expected to be a deep group of veteran receivers available when the free-agent market eventually opens.
There’s no shortage of big names and big resumes on the list: Randy Moss, Santana Moss, Braylon Edwards, Plaxico Burress and Terrell Owens, just to name a few. NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan has recently examined what he expects to be a buyer’s market at the position, and has a specific player in mind who he thinks could help the Patriots.
“There will be plenty of 30-plus wide receivers (available in free agency),” Kirwan noted during his weekly live chat. “I doubt they’ll touch Owens. They may discuss Burress. They really should look at Braylon Edwards. Edwards had trouble with dropped passes in his last year with the Browns, but he’s improved immensely in that area since coming to the Jets.”
Of course, we don’t yet know all of the details of which players will be eligible for free agency under the next collective bargaining agreement. If players with four years of experience are eligible, Kirwan believes the Patriots should target Sidney Rice.