Over recent days and weeks, we have seen quite a bit of speculation regarding the Patriots and free agent veteran receivers. We have seen New England go out and kick the tires on a former star receiver late in their career just to see if their is anything left, so the speculation is justified.
We have a couple of guys like that still on the market this year, as Andre Johnson and Roddy White are both still without teams. Johnson was once considered to be in the conversation for best player at the position in the league, and White was a consistently productive player with the Atlanta Falcons for quite a few years.
Last year, the Patriots gave veteran wideout Reggie Wayne a shot, and in years past we have seen them give opportunities to guys like Chad Johnson and others. Sometimes Bill Belichick added a guy to the mix out of need due to lack of talent at the position, and in other instances the team was just looking to gain an edge on the competition.
No matter the reasons, whether it was Reggie Wayne "not having fun" or a player just having nothing left to give, the act of bringing in veteran receiver for one last ride has never seemed to work for the Patriots, and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the type of player they're bringing in, but with Tom Brady taking snaps, it seems impossible to not be even the slightest bit productive.
Regardless, the team appears to be considering doing it yet again with one of the guys I mentioned before. But, if you ask me, the Patriots need to stay away from any of the veteran receivers on the market. With a tricky offseason ahead, this could be the last real chance the Patriots have at winning a Super Bowl, so I get why the team would like to get as much talent as they can.
The problem is, neither Johnson or White were either remotely productive last season, and both have huge egos. With a receiving group as talented as the one the Patriots have, it makes no sense to me to add either one of those guys and their egos to the mix in a crucial year, and you probably aren't missing out on much anyways.