'Highly unlikely' Reed will sign with Pats

March, 24, 2010
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ORLANDO -- The Patriots hosted receiver Josh Reed on a free-agent visit March 8, but it is "highly unlikely" that he will sign with the team, his agent Ben Dogra said at the NFL owners meetings.

At this point, Dogra said it comes down to the fit.

While Reed could line up at all receiver spots, his expertise is in the slot. The Patriots have the recovering Wes Welker and Julian Edelman in that role, and that's part of the reason Dogra called the possibility of the sides striking a deal "highly unlikely."

Dogra said he's heard from NFL clubs that view Reed as the No. 1 slot receiver on the market.

Receiver remains an area of need for the Patriots as Welker recovers from torn left knee ligaments. They have Randy Moss, Julian Edelman, David Patten, Brandon Tate, Sam Aiken, Isaiah Stanback and Matthew Slater atop the depth chart.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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