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Patriots trying to move Jeff Demps

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04:20 PM ET 04.14 | Some guys play football, and some run track. The two don't always mix. Jeff Demps is slowly becoming an example of that. The former Florida running back and track star signed a free agent deal with the New England Patriots last August after going un-drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent the entire season on injured reserve and rumors have surfaced that Demps is hoping to focus more on his track career. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald is reporting that New England is attempting to trade the running back/kick returner/track star less than a year after signing him and before he even stepped on the field for a regular season game. Demps' future in track is likely brighter than his football future. He earned a silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics but was never able to string together a ton of success on the football field. Demps obviously has tons of speed, but it takes a bit more than that to succeed in the NFL.

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April 14, 2013  05:10 PM ET

No one's apt to knock him down on the track, unless he's running with Zola Budd. Meanwhile, he got paid almost half a million to spend a season on New England's IR. Take the money and run. Silver medals don't get you on Wheaties boxes.

April 14, 2013  05:20 PM ET

I would say he is worth a conditional 7th round pick in 2018. Why do they think anyone would trade for the guy?

April 14, 2013  05:37 PM ET

Cut his bait and walk away
Reminds me or the brainacs on the 76'ers that traded for bynum. that worked weel

April 14, 2013  08:12 PM ET

You can try to trade him, or you could actually try to invest some time and try to develop him as a football player. Speed like that doesn't come around very often, and maybe with a little coaching he could contribute more.

April 14, 2013  09:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You can try to trade him, or you could actually try to invest some time and try to develop him as a football player. Speed like that doesn't come around very often, and maybe with a little coaching he could contribute more.

The problem is that Demps doesn't seem to want to be there in the first place. His priority is track and not football, and I guarantee that is not going over well behind the closed doors of One Patriot Place.

The Pats are about as likely to get a draft pick for Demps as the Jets are for Tebow. Why would anybody give up a pick when it's only a matter of when, and not if, these guys get cut?

April 14, 2013  10:07 PM ET

Patriots should just cut their losses on this guy. As was said, if he wanted to play football, he'd be playing football.

 
April 15, 2013  05:12 AM ET

where's al davis when you need him?

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