5 Free-Agent Wide Receivers New England Patriots Should Target This Offseason

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5 Free-Agent Wide Receivers New England Patriots Should Target This Offseason
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Could one of these two Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers—Mohamed Sanu (12, left) and Marvin Jones (82, right)—be headed to New England?

The New England Patriots' situation at wide receiver is simple: Julian Edelman is the only 100 percent sure thing for next season.

So, in that sense, their situation is actually quite complicated.

When Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks at the salary-cap ledger for the 2016 season, one thing is going to stand out: Wide receiver Danny Amendola is taking up more space than fellow receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski. He might also see Brandon LaFell's contract, which stands at a $3.675 million cap hit for 2016, and see an area where the Patriots could create more room.

Of course, there is some reason for trepidation with those moves.

It is exceedingly difficult to learn the wide receiver position in the Patriots offense. It might be unwise to throw away two receivers who have a wealth of experience in the system and with Tom Brady specifically. It might not be the best idea to force Brady to work with a whole new set of weapons—again—this close to the end of his career.

Amendola and LaFell's cap numbers might need to be lowered, but they don't need to be cut. That being said, who knows if they'll be open to ripping up or reworking their old deals. 

And if they're not, the Patriots will have some extra cap space to play with and some openings at wide receiver to fill. Here are some of the players they should consider. 

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