The flurry of Patriots roster moves on Tuesday wound up with tight end Kellen Winslow and wide receiver Deion Branch joining the team after they said goodbye to three players.
Branch’s return and the remaining open roster spot likely had some people thinking about another reunion with a player who wore the team’s uniform last season. That would be guard Brian Waters, who had an excellent season starting on the right side for the Pats after signing a two-year deal with them in 2011. Waters was absent from the team all offseason, which didn’t raise too much concern since he missed all of camp last year and played well. Bill Belichick wouldn’t address his situation, choosing to focus on the players who were in camp, but there always remained a feeling that he’d return to the team eventually.
That feeling started fading away before the start of the season and it’s all but evaporated now. Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that Waters turned down a “significant” raise over the $1.4 million he was due to make this season. Young refers to the offer as a “last-ditch” effort to get Waters back on the team, which would suggest that the porch light has been turned out because it’s hard to see Waters making his way back this season.
Waters will remain on the reserve/did not report list unless the Patriots choose to cut him loose. Since there’s a fair chance Waters would wind up with another team, perhaps staying in his native Texas with the Texans, that’s not a likely outcome for this story either.