Report: Brian Waters Turned Down ‘Significant’ Pay Raise From Patriots
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BOSTON (CBS) — The chances of a reunion between Brian Waters and the New England Patriots appear to be fading by the day, and the latest news suggests they could be zero.
According to The Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young, Waters turned down a “significant” pay raise from the Patriots. The offer was for $4 million, according to Young, which is much higher than the $1.4 million on his current deal, and it was offered in training camp. The deal, Young reported, was “presumably a last-ditch effort” to bring the veteran guard back to New England, but it appears as though it’s not enough to pry Waters from his home in Texas.
Waters, 35, made the Pro Bowl at right guard for the Patriot last year after signing a two-year contract with the team. However, he did not report to minicamp or training camp, with reports coming out that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
The Patriots can either keep Waters on the reserve/did not report list or release him, though the latter is highly unlikely, considering it would allow him to sign with any other team.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zo discussed the Patriots’ efforts to bring back Brian Waters.