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Rams trade receiver Greg Salas to Patriots

St. Louis Rams v Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 06: Wide receiver Greg Salas #87 of the St. Louis Rams is injured after being tackled by linebacker Daryl Washington #58 of the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 19-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The Patriots have picked up another wide receiver who’s familiar with coordinator Josh McDaniels’ offense.

Greg Salas, a fourth-round draft pick of the Rams last year who caught 27 passes for 264 yards as a rookie, has been shipped from St. Louis to New England, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Patriots sent a late-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft to the Rams as compensation. The fact that the Rams were willing to wait two and a half years to get any compensation for Salas suggests that St. Louis was planning to waive him anyway. And the fact that the Patriots were willing to give up anything at all for a player who was about to get waived suggests that they thought he’d be claimed by a team ahead of them in the waiver priority order.

Salas is now reunited with McDaniels, who spent last season as the Rams’ offensive coordinator before leaving for New England at the end of the season. That means Salas already knows the offense, and should be ready to contribute immediately.