The Patriots have waived highly-touted wide receiver Taylor Price…and the Vikings could be in line to snap him up. Price, a 2010 3rd-round pick out of Ohio U, was thought to have a bright future with New England but things never worked out for him. He played just one game in 2010 and dressed just three times in 2011. Injury and lack of chemistry with Tom Brady were to blame for Price’s failure to catch on in his second year, and now he is on the waiver wire.
With the Vikings hurting at wide receiver, speculation is already running high that the team could have interest in claiming Price off waivers. NFL insider Adam Caplan has already named the Vikes and Jaguars as two teams who could look at snapping up the wide-out.
The Vikings could certainly use a boost at the receiver position, what with Percy Harvin battling various ailments, and the depth behind him looking not exactly impressive. The upside with Price could be high if indeed he is able to make good on the talent he showed coming out of college. Patriots beat writer Greg Bedard speculated that a change of scenery could be just what is needed to jump-start Price’s career.
With the Vikes out of it, now is the time to take fliers on potential 2012 contributors like Price. If the Vikes get lucky with Price they would essentially be getting an extra draft pick; and if he doesn’t work out, they would lose very little. The worry with Price is the same as with any player who is dumped by Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Belichick doesn’t tend to give away good talent, and the fact that he doesn’t like Price enough to keep him around has to give you pause.