What the Patriots could be shopping in free agency

What the Patriots could be shopping in free agency

The New England Patriots could trade for wide receiver Wes Welker and linebacker Jamie Collins, according to a report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The Patriots reportedly are shopping Welker, Collins and tight end Rob Gronkowski, as well as wide receiver Brandon LaFell and cornerback Josh Norman.

Per Rapoports report, Welker would be a major piece to the Patriots offensive success, but Collins and Gronkowski could provide the team with more production in the secondary.

The Pats are reportedly searching for a wide receiver with a “superstar” caliber skill set, according Rapoporting.

They could get some value for Collins if they trade him, as Collins is owed $11.5 million in 2019 and could be looking for a deal that includes more money.

A player who can catch the ball out of the backfield and has great hands and speed could be a good fit for the Pats, Rapoported wrote.

The team could also try to trade Gronkowski if they are unable to keep him.

He has not played well in his first three seasons, but he’s still only 31 years old and is a good receiver.

The 26-year-old Gronkowski is coming off a breakout season, catching 82 passes for 1,027 yards and six touchdowns.

He had three games with at least five receptions, and his best game came against the New York Jets in Week 6.

The Broncos are also looking for help at wide receiver, per Rapoporters report.

The Broncos would likely like to move up in the draft and try to find an upgrade at wideout, Rapiport wrote.

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