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October 22, 2009

Galloway joins long list of wide receiver blunders

The Joey Galloway experiment ended with nothing more than a whimper on the field from the veteran (7 catches, 67 yards in three games) and a grunt from Bill Belichick.

"(We) moved on on that one," Belichick explained Tuesday. "He's had a great career. It's just one of those things; it just didn't work out. I don't think it's anybody's fault or anything that you can pinpoint, it's just one of those things that didn't work out."

The 37-year-old Galloway's exit leaves the Patriots at about 3-15 when it comes to wide receiver moves in the Belichick Era.

Of course, Randy Moss and Wes Welker are the hits. Drafting Deion Branch in round 2 in 2002 ranks as the third victory. Of course, Branch being dealt to Seattle when the team chose not to pay him counts as a loss, too, one you can argue from which the Pats have yet to recover.

Remember, for all the gaudy numbers and spectacular aerial exhibitions Tom Brady has delivered with Moss and Welker, they haven't won a Super Bowl together.

Meanwhile, the likes of Charles Johnson, Bethel Johnson, Torrance Small, David Givens and David Patten have Super Bowl rings.

Galloway's dismissal (reportedly he cost the team $1.8 million), while expected after three straight healthy scratches, sheds light on a problem area.

New England remains with basically three healthy backup receivers: rookie Julian Edelman, special teams captain Sam Aiken and little-used Matthew Slater.

Receiver has consistently been an issue here.

Remember Bert Emmanuel and Donald Hayes?

How about second-round bust Chad Jackson?

Donte Stallworth, Doug Gabriel and Reche Caldwell?

Wow, when Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney are the best you can come up with, that's pretty scary.

It all centers on money and value. How this team allowed Branch to hold out and eventually force a deal with Seattle, I will never understand.

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