Free Agency: Patriots WR Search

Speculation continues as to the direction the Patriots will go to find another wide receiver now that three have left via free agency. With Keyshawn Johnson rumored to be a possible candidate, Mark Boerigter on their radar and the team making an inquiry about possibly trading for Eric Moulds, New England has some options. One player flying under the radar is Vikings receiver Nate Burleson. Get inside to see what's happening on the Burleson front from Minnesota.

While the Vikings wait on the fate of restricted free agent wide receiver Nate Burleson, there is some good news for the team in that situation.

The Vikings tendered Burleson a $712,000 offer, meaning other teams can negotiate a contract with him, but the Vikings would have seven days to match another offer or receive a third-round draft pick as compensation if they declined to match.

Burleson met with Seattle late last week, and the Seahawks were expected to sign him to an offer sheet. To this point, that still hasn’t happened.

Nate Burleson,WR Minnesota Vikings

The Seahawks, who are looking for a No. 2 receiver opposite Darrell Jackson, are also investigating other options at the position. The Patriots, who lost receiver David Givens to the Titans in a bidding war, are also in the market for a No. 2 receiver behind Deion Branch. Burleson may fit both.

Both Seattle and New England have expressed interest in Kansas City free agent wide receiver Marc Boerigter. Boerigter is an unrestricted free agent, so signing him would avoid the hassles of compensation for those clubs. A couple of other receivers available are Buffalo's Eric Moulds and Dallas' Keyshawn Johnson. While Moulds is still technically a member of the Bills teams would have to negotiate a trade to acquire him. Johnson's asking price may be a bit too steep for certain clubs, which is why Burleson is so attractive.

The Vikings would like to match any offer Burleson might receive, but a team like the Seahawks or the Patriots, who have a lot of room under the salary cap, could make it difficult for Minnesota if an offer sheet were front-loaded.

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