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.