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Patriots Offseason 2012: Should Reggie Wayne Be On Pats' Free-Agent List?

The New England Patriots have a lot of offseason work to do after losing their second straight Super Bowl to the New York Giants last Sunday, 21-17. And former Pats' linebacker, now NFL Network analyst, Willie McGinest thinks that one of the first things New England should do is target soon-to-be-free-agent wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

Surprisingly, McGinest told the Boston Herald that Wayne said he'd be up for the idea:

"It came up in the conversation would [Wayne] ever want to play for the Patriots," McGinest told the Herald. "He smiled and said, ‘Who wouldn’t want to play there?’

"If it could have worked with Chad (Ochocinco), it would have been good. It didn’t. I just think (Tom Brady) has a lot of weapons, but he can always use that stretch-the-field receiver."

Currently, New England will have just two wide receivers, Wes Welker and Chad Ochocinco, under contract for the '12 season. It's expected that the Patriots will let go Ochocinco, who's due $3 million next season.

For more on the Patriots offseason, check the SB Nation Boston feature by our own Jared Stegall. Meanwhile, the SB Nation blog Pats Pulpit is all about, well, the Patriots.