Cowboys reportedly releasing Allen Hurns; could Patriots have interest?

Darren Hartwell

The New England Patriots seemingly are looking to add wide receiver depth. And as fate would have it, a veteran wideout is hitting the open market.

The Dallas Cowboys are releasing wide receiver Allen Hurns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday.

Hurns suffered a gruesome ankle injury in last season's playoffs that required surgery, but NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports he's healthy entering 2019 training camp.

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The Patriots, meanwhile, are expected to be without top receiver Julian Edelman for about three weeks due to a recent thumb injury. They reportedly brought four pass-catchers in for workouts Monday, suggesting they'd like to add another body in Edelman's temporary absence.

Hurns likely wouldn't come cheap; he was scheduled to make $4 million in base salary this season with a $6.25 million cap hit and reportedly turned down a discounted Cowboys offer to test the open market.

Still, the 27-year-old has a proven track record that includes a breakout 2015 season of 1,031 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns with the Jacksonville Jaguars and a career-high 69.6 percent catch rate in 2017.

If New England is willing to pay a bit more than the minimum to add a receiver ahead of the first day of training camp Thursday, Hurns may be worth looking into.

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Cowboys reportedly releasing Allen Hurns; could Patriots have interest? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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