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Report: Patriots Release WR Reggie Wayne, Expected to Retire; Patriots Trying to Trade for WR

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The Patriots paid their wide receiver half a million dollars, but he's expected to retire.

The New England Patriots are back on the market for a wide receiver. Former Colts great Reggie Wayne has asked for a release after two weeks with the team and is expected to retire.

Wayne played plenty during the final couple of preseason games, and he ever appeared to gain separation on his routes, but something about his performance led the veteran to contemplate calling it a career. The Patriots paid Wayne a $450,000 signing bonus and it's like the team will recoup some of the value if Wayne retires. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Wayne is willing to return if the situation is right.

The Patriots are left with Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper, Jalen Saunders, and Matthew Slater at wide receiver. Harper and Saunders are considered long odd prospects to make the team.

New England is reportedly on the market to acquire a large, sideline receiver to join the Patriots offense until LaFell is fully healed from his offseason foot injury.