Early in free agency, the Patriots hosted UFA WR Josh Reed, who had played in Buffalo. Reed would help fill the role of Wes Welker until Welker returned from injury, and then likely would be a solid third option behind Randy Moss and Welker. However, Mike Reiss from ESPNBoston.com is reporting that Reed’s agent Ben Dogra has said that it is highly unlikely that Reed will sign with New England. Dogra adds that it is not a good fit for Josh Reed role-wise. The Reed camp believes that he is a solid slot receiver and when Wes returns, Reed’s role would be diminished. They are probably right, and you can’t really blame Josh. He wants to go to a team and play a solid role on that team, something he wasn’t able to do much of on QB-deprived Buffalo. Scratch Reed off the list of possible free agent pick-ups.
Mike Reiss also has a good summary up of Patriots-related topics from the NFL meetings in Orlando, which you can view by clicking here.