Shane Vereen is scheduled for unrestricted free agency this March. (NFL Game Rewind)

Shane Vereen is scheduled for unrestricted free agency this March. (NFL Game Rewind)

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen appears set to test the waters.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent is hoping to secure a contract worth at least $5 million per season, after the two sides were unable to reach a preliminary agreement on proposals last summer.

Whether or not the 25-year-old’s camp will receive an offer of that stature moving forward remains to be seen, but it is a starting point. And it’s a starting point a team in need of a receiving back may be willing to match as the window opens March 10.

Vereen is closing in on free agency having notched a career-high 391 rushing yards on 96 carries, 447 receiving yards on 52 catches and five total touchdowns over thee 2014 regular season.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound California Golden Bear also caught 11 passes against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX earlier this month, marking the most by a running back in Super Bowl history.

A former second-round pick, Vereen did so on the final leg of his four-year, $3.46 million rookie contract, which saw him earn just short of $747,000 in base salary during New England’s 12-4 campaign.

Vereen’s $5 million asking price for next campaign would make him the highest-paid back on the Patriots’ roster, however. And with six others currently under contract, that is a tall order.