Report: Pats consider putting Jeff Demps on trade block

4/14/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

When receiver and return man Jeff Demps indicated last month he will be making track his top priority over his football career, it became inevitable that Demps won’t be completing the term of his contract with the New England Patriots. However, it remained unclear what route the New England Patriots may take to cut back the unnecessarily financial burden.
Jeff Demps return to his track career would mean his absence till midway through the 2013 season. According to his own estimations, Jeff Demps believed he would only be available to play football during the last five games of the coming season. The New England Patriots took appropriate measures by signing free agent running back Leon Washington as safety net and re-signing Julian Edelan, who has handled the New England Patriots’ punt return duties in the past. Danny Amendola has also served in that role in the past with other teams during his NFL career. But there remained the question of his future on the New England Patriots’ roster.
Now, the New England Patriots seem to be heading somewhere with that regard that could involve the possibility of trading Jeff Demps, according to the player’s agent.
Jeff Demps signed a three-year, $1.451 million contract with the New England Patriots last August, but did not appear in a regular season game in 2012 after ending up on the injured reserve during the preseason. While the former silver medalist on the U.S. 4x100 relay team for the 2012 London Olympics, may be an attractive target owing to his speed, it still takes a little more talent in the NFL to build a successful career in the NFL.
Moreover, Jeff Demps’ seemingly less than 100 percent commitment towards football could be an issue for several NFL teams. His undrafted satus could also prove a putt off for prospective teams looking for improvements to their return unit. But despite those flaws Jeff Demps could still prove of value at a discount rate. There are still many seventh-round picks in the NFL who don’t get to see the field much often, but there could be a market speedster Jeff Demps with a few teams willing to take the risk.
Jeff Demps returned 21 kicks for 604 yards (28.8 yards per return) during his collegiate career at University of Florida.
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