Phillip Dorsett open to returning to Patriots, but prepared to test free agent market

By WEEI 93.7

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Patriots only have one wide receiver who finished the year on their 53-man roster scheduled to return in 2019, and that is Julian Edelman.

Phillip Dorsett is one of the other receivers and after seemingly having solid chemistry with Tom Brady, it seems somewhat likely the Patriots would try and get him to return, but it looks like the 26-year-old will test his value on the open market.

According to multiple reports, Dorsett will wait and see how the free agent market shakes out before making a decision. It is worth noting this will be his first experience as a free agent.

"I've never been through this process. I don't know what the future holds for me," he said to ESPN's Mike Reiss. "I believe [Bill Belichick] wants me back, but you never know how it will go."

Dorsett added: "Obviously, I want to be a key contributor for a team -- a starter, that's always been my goal, a guy that can help a team win. I enjoy going out there, working hard, and just playing football. I love the game. It's the only thing I want to do."

In 16 games in 2018, Dorsett caught 32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He seemed to lose his role as the No. 2 wideout when Josh Gordon joined the team, and then down the stretch couldn't pass Chris Hogan on the depth chart for whatever reason.

As of now, one would imagine the Patriots want him back, but at the right price.