- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Seems like yesterday we were writing the reverse. Actually, it was 18 days ago (link here).
The Patriots traded a late-round 2015 draft choice for an 18-day trial with Salas, and now they've decided to go back to the known commodity over intriguing potential. We'll now wait to see if Salas clears waivers and possibly returns to the practice squad, as he has eligibility. In that scenario, the Patriots would have the best of both worlds -- an experienced target on the 53-man roster to help ease the loss of tight end Aaron Hernandez (right ankle), as well as a player on the practice squad to groom for the future.
Otherwise, the acquisition of Salas can be filed in the personnel misfire category for the Patriots, and there have been a few of those this offseason. Free-agent signing Jonathan Fanene tops the list.
Speaking of misfires, who was it that predicted a 61-catch season for Salas (link here)?
This sets the Patriots up with more experienced depth if they are forced to rely more on three-receiver sets in Hernandez's absence.