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Off-Season Signed - 2006
Contract - 2 years, 2 million
Poor, poor, Reche Caldwell, if someone in the future were to look back and see just the stats Caldwell put up in 2006, they'd probably think he had a good year, us who watched him play that year know different. For whatever reason, following the 2005 season, the New England Patriots decided they didn't need Wide Receivers. They allowed David Givens to leave as a free agent, and decided to stiff Deion Branch, who then proceeded to want out, to which the Patriots obliged. To replace the obvious hole, The Pats brought in Caldwell, who was seldom used over 4 years in San Diego, he was now the number 1 Receiver in New England.
Caldwell was solid in his one year with the Patriots, with 61 catches for 760 yards, and 4 TD's, but he will be forever remembered for his performance in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. As the Patriots were blowing the game, Caldwell would drop 2 crucial passes to seal their fate. The lasting image of him with a wide-eyed look on his face of disbelief. When the Patriots decided to make up for their mistake of 06', and brought in Welker, Moss, and Stallworth, Caldwell became expendable, and was cut right before the start of the 07' season.