Hidden behind all the recent news of WR Wes Welker's possible departure from the Patriots, more wide receiver news has come to light. Apparently, fellow WR Brandon Lloyd's job is no longer a guarantee. NFL.com's Chris Wesseling wrote about the reasons behind this. Scheduled to make a bonus $3 million in addition to his base salary of $1.9 million, he failed to be the serious-threat X receiver that the Patriots were hoping for when they signed him.

Although he played very well, making various acrobatic catches, he simply wasn't what the team expected. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com (personally my favorite Patriots source as I feel he is the most reliable) even explained recently in an online chat that he believes Lloyd's job is not safe.

So, if the Patriots let Welker walk and then release Lloyd, they will have plenty of money to throw on a receiver that could provide the serious big-play threat that they have desperately needed. Maybe Mike Wallace? Maybe Greg Jennings?

In addition to that, they could also attempt to sign free agent Danny Amendola who has a play style similar to Welker's, and previous experience in OC Josh McDaniel's offense with the St. Louis Rams. Amendola wouldn't demand nearly as much money as Welker, and could be very effective in the Patriots pass attack. Lastly, the Patriots could also try to draft a play-making wide receiver in this year's upcoming draft.

Anthony Aidonidis

Anthony Aidonidis 2/10/2013 03:16:00 PM Edit

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