With Randy Moss officially a member of the Minnesota Vikings, the Patriots will look to replace the Hall of Fame wide receiver in the next coming weeks.
While the Patriots have in-house options in Julian Edleman and Brandon Tate, they both have little experience playing the wide receiver position in the NFL.
Instead of staying within the organization, the Patriots have made preliminary phone calls around the league, including to the San Diego Chargers, discussing possible scenarios for bringing in Vincent Jackson.
According to a report from ESPN.com this morning, Tom Brady has contacted former Patriot Deion Branch about the possibility of him returning to New England and sources from both teams have confirmed that the two sides have been discussing a deal involving the veteran wideout.
Whether the Pats make a deal or not, it would be nearly impossible for the Patriots to find production that would match what Randy Moss could bring to the table at this juncture.
Considering that New England won three Super Bowl titles with the likes of Branch, Troy Brown, and David Patten heading their receiving core, we can afford Brady and Belichick some benefit of the doubt in this case.
With that being said, here are five wide receivers that may step into Moss' shoes in the New England offense.