Jeff Demps gave the New England Patriots some unwelcome news when he declared his intentions last month to prioritize his track career over the NFL.

Demps' commitment to track means he wouldn't be eligible to contribute to the Patriots until midway through the 2013 season, by his own estimation. The Patriots covered themselves with the free-agent signing of receiver Leon Washington, but the question remains what the team will do with Demps, a running back and return man.

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported Sunday that the Patriots have discussed the possibility of trading Demps, according to his agent.