Patriots insider suggests intriguing N’Keal Harry trade with Cardinals

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 10: N'Keal Harry #15 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 10: N'Keal Harry #15 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Could the Arizona Cardinals be a trade destination for Patriots WR N’Keal Harry?

We won’t revisit the “what ifs” of the 2019 NFL Draft because we know how that makes New England Patriots fans feel. When the team selected wideout N’Keal Harry with the No. 32 overall pick, let’s just say there were many better options out there.

But in the case of Harry’s future, taking a look back could actually do us some good. If you remember correctly, Harry was a target of the Arizona Cardinals, who had the very next pick, which was the first selection of the second round. Instead, the Cards went with Washington cornerback Byron Murphy after the Pats took Harry, and then went on to grab wideouts Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson.

Now, with Harry all but officially out of favor in New England, perhaps a move to the west coast (and the NFC) could do him some good. How about some trade rumors?

This interesting proposition comes from Patriots insider Mike Reiss:

"“…here’s a friendly suggestion for Patriots director of pro personnel Dave Ziegler and Belichick: Explore the Cardinals’ potential interest in Harry — whose development has been slower than expected and who might benefit from a fresh start — and see what the potential return might be. I’d propose a Harry-for-Christian Kirk swap as one in which a change of scenery might bring out the best in both players and prove to be a win-win scenario.”"

While we love this proposal, we’re just not sure why the Cards would do this. Kirk is the second leading receiver on the team (behind DeAndre Hopkins) with 621 yards and six touchdowns. You’d have to think those numbers would increase too when Larry Fitzgerald likely retires after 2020.

Then again, Harry’s never been paired alongside a true No. 1 receiver, which might help him maximize his potential, something a guy like Kliff Kingsbury, who runs the air raid offense, might be able to envision more clearly. Harry missed a majority of his rookie season due to injury and never got on the same page with Tom Brady. Then, he was pretty much expected to be the top dog in 2020 with Cam Newton at QB, a hobbled Julian Edelman missing most of the year, and a way below average offense that lost key players to opt outs and free agency.

But what if he’s thrown into a well-oiled machine with a star quarterback, All-Pro wide receiver and a stacked offensive line? It could change a lot, and it would certainly help the Patriots if they could get rid of him this easily in exchange for something of value.