One of the many faces of the New England Patriots run of championships over the past few seasons sits at home today, awaiting word on when or if he will be invited to come back to the team he helped out during those Super Bowl runs. Wide receiver and sometimes corner back Troy Brown continues day in and day out to rehab a torn patellar tendon in his knee, and says that he will be back on the field, somewhere, in 2007. The near 36-year-old wide out still has a locker at Gillette Stadium, and has rehabbed with the club, though is still not under contract with the Pats.
“My intention is to play,”Brown said earlier this offseason. “That’s what the deal is. We’ll see what happens. I’m not writing anything in stone, but my intentions are to play.” Waiting at home for a call from New England is nothing new to Brown, who for the last three seasons has had to wait it out before the team came calling with a one-year deal. He had a shot two seasons ago to go to the Saints, but stayed true to his longtime team, signing a one-year deal.
The issue this year for Brown might just be the fact he is trying to squeeze into a team that is simply too full at the receiver position. The team brought in a slew of WR’s in the offseason, including new starters Randy Moss and Donte Stallworth. They also brought in Kelley Washington, and bring back Reche Caldwell, Jabar Gaffnet and Chad Jackson. Could the plate be to full to bring Brown back? Head coach Bill Belichick has always had a soft spot for Brown, but asked a few weeks ago about if he had an update on Brown’s status, all the media got was a quick – “no.”
So the question may be the desire of Brown to look for the shot to play elsewhere. If the Pats are too loaded at wide out, which it looks on paper as if they are, there will likely be a team that would like the services of a quality veteran wide out. What team that will be is anyones guess, and when one comes calling, it will be up to Brown to decide if its time to make a jump elsewhere, or simply decide that its time to hang it up.