Patriots: 3 blockbuster midseason trades Pats can pull off in 2020

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

1. Second- and Fifth-Round Pick for Ryan Kerrigan

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan would fit perfectly in the Patriots’ defense.

The Washington Football Team is evidently in the middle of a rebuild and overall culture change as they jettisoned a number of veterans, two of which included running back Adrian Peterson and wideout Paul Richardson, this offseason.

There was some speculation that the organization could add stalwart edge rusher Ryan Kerrigan to that list, though he was ultimately kept. However, with a revamped defensive line spearheading their rebuild, don’t be surprised if Washington looks to cash in on the four-time Pro Bowler at the 2020 trade deadline before his contract expires after this season.

As promising as the Patriots’ recent draft classes are, they shouldn’t be tasked with having to muster the majority of the pass rush. Decimated by offseason departures and a Josh Uche position shift/injury, New England could really use an experienced and proficient veteran who can get after the quarterback.

Kerrigan, who’s logged 116 tackles for loss, 92 sacks, 143 QB hits and 26 forced fumbles over his 10-year career, checks all of those boxes. Better still, he’s on an expiring contract, and we all know how much Belichick loves those. At 33 years old, Kerrigan is far past his prime, but he would still bring tremendous value to the Patriots. Because of that, the Purdue product will likely come at the price of two draft picks — let’s say a second- and fifth-rounder.

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