The New England Patriots released Greg Salas in order to sign veteran wide receiver Deion Branch, but the former St. Louis Rams receiver surprisingly cleared waivers and was added to the Pats practice squad yesterday.
The Pats acquired Salas in a trade with the Rams last month for a conditional draft pick in 2015. His release was surprising until news of the re-signing of Branch was heard, so the more surprising news to me is that Salas was able to go unclaimed.
Salas is just 24 and in his second season in the league, so his total of 27 catches in just six games is certainly a line to be proud of as a rookie. He has the versatility to play both inside and outside, and I would think that other teams would have valued his talent and production in limited playing time as a rookie.
But I’m not complaining in the end, because Salas is still a Patriot. He’s better than a practice squad player, but the signings of Kellen Winslow Jr. and Deion Branch show that the Pats are well-equipped despite losing Aaron Hernandez. There is simply no space for Salas, and it’s best to develop him. He will likely be on the 53-man roster next season, because the Patriots and Josh McDaniels invested in him by trading a future pick.
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