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Reche Caldwell Latest ex-Patriot Arrested For Marijuana Possesion

Reche Caldwell is the latest ex-Patriot to get arrested. (Photo at

First Laurence Maroney. Then Mike Vrabel (felony theft). And now Reche Caldwell.

According to the Gainesville Sun, the former Patriots wide receiver was arrested after police pulled him over for a suspended license. The report says that deputies found a bag of marijuana next to the driver’s seat.

Caldwell never lived up to the hype of being drafted in the second-round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. In four seasons with San Diego, Caldwell only caught 76 passes for 950 yards in 47 games.

In 2006, Caldwell signed a contract with the New England Patriots. With the departure of their leading receivers Deion Branch and David Givens, Caldwell jumped into the No. 1 receiver role. After a slow start to the season, Caldwell finally performed well with the addition of Jabar Gaffney.

Caldwell ended the season with career high’s across the board in receptions (61), yards (780) and touchdowns (4). But, it’s what Caldwell failed to do in the playoffs that led to his exit in New England.

Against his former team, San Diego, Caldwell was terrific in the 2006 AFC Divisional Game, catching seven passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. But, the wheels came off in Indianapolis the following week. Leading 21-6 at halftime the Patriots looked poised for another Super Bowl trip, before Peyton Manning and the Colts stormed back and won 38-34.

In this contest, Caldwell dropped what would have been two touchdown passes to give the Patriots the lead. The following offseason New England added Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth, and decided to keep Gafney over Caldwell.

Caldwell was released on $750 bail, the report states.

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Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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2 comments for “Reche Caldwell Latest ex-Patriot Arrested For Marijuana Possesion”

  1. Who cares? Let the man enjoy his herb in peace.

    Posted by Alan | May 6, 2011, 11:58 am
  2. Nice write up, Matt. That 2006 AFC title game was particularly devastating. I’ll never forget the play when no one from Indy lined up to cover him. Brady read the coverage (or lack of), threw a quick dart to the wide open Caldwell, and he dropped it!!!

    Only legacy he left behind was his crazy eyes.

    Posted by Ryan Hadfield | May 7, 2011, 1:05 pm

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