Despite conflicting reports this morning about whether or not the New England Patriots have signed a tender offer with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, it has been announced that the Patriots have parted ways with veteran receiver Brandon Lloyd. The Patriots are making a concerted effort to revamp their receiving corps, but seem to be going about the process in a strange way.
Oft-injured Danny Amendola has replaced Wes Welker and the Patriots inked a deal with former Buffalo Bills receiver Donald Jones. Reports overnight suggested that New England had signed Emmanuel Sanders to a tender offer, that offer has been refuted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
For several weeks, the future of Brandon Lloyd has been in doubt with the Patriots as he was due guaranteed money. This afternoon, the Patriots made a move to release Lloyd from the roster. There is a chance that Lloyd could be brought back at a lower price, but it will have to be at a significantly lower price unless the Patriots are seriously interested in signing Sanders. Signing Sanders will leave the Patriots with no draft selections from the third to the seventh round currently in next month’s NFL Draft.
This is a strange offseason for the Patriots. Usually, stacked with draft picks and working the veteran free agent market, New England appears to be in a bit of bind this offseason. New England looks to be struggling at the receiver position and QB Tom Brady cannot be happy after agreeing to a new contract in order to free up cap space. The Patriots appear to be running out of veterans and overall receivers in the free agent market.