The New England Patriots, as well as several other NFL teams are not done tweaking their final 53-man roster. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting this afternoon that the New England Patriots have acquired St. Louis Rams WR Greg Salas for a conditional pick. Salas, a Hawaii product, suffered a serious leg injury last season but played under current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
The Patriots roster was full of veteran wide receivers just two weeks ago, and after the move to reach the 53-man roster yesterday, only four receivers remained. Deion Branch, Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth have all moved on.
Salas logged 27 receptions in six games last year for the Rams before suffering a season ending broken leg. This is now the second receiver which was on the St. Louis roster which will be joining the Patriots and McDaniels this season after Brandon Lloyd joined the club via free agency. This move now gives the Patriots five receivers on the current roster.
Salas was a solid slot receiver for the Rams in his limited time before injury, but with the re-emergence of Danny Amendola this season, he was projected to move outside.
What comes as a surprise however, is that the Rams, devoid of receivers have reportedly given Salas away so cheaply. According to Schefter, the trade involves a late round 2013 draft pick. The Rams appear to be a team in need of all the offensive weapons they can muster for QB Sam Bradford, and this is a very perplexing move.
First the Rams release the only other veteran QB on their roster behind Bradford, in Kellen Clemens, and now they trade away a very promising wide receiver talent. Jeff Fisher is a talented head coach and the team is loaded with draft choices next season, but you have to scratch your head and wonder what the underlying plan is for the Rams at this point.