1. Isaiah Wynn
The Patriots cutting Isaiah Wynn is out of the question given that exercise would force them to swallow $10.413 million in dead money. If they were to trade him, however, they’d save close to $9.6 million in cap space.
Teams are always willing to trade (and overpay) for starting-caliber left tackles. Just in the last few years, we’ve seen the Chiefs acquire Orlando Brown, the 49ers nab Trent Williams, and the Texans land Laremy Tunsil. While Wynn isn’t quite on their level, he could net the Patriots a decent return.
Yes, the injury concerns are still there, but Wynn is fresh off playing 16 games this past season. That was easily a career-high and, despite the occasional blown assignment, he graded out well according to Pro Football Focus.
The Georgia product received a 74.9 player grade and allowed six sacks, five hits and 28 pressures across 915 snaps.
Might as well trade him when his value is at its highest, right? The Patriots don’t hand second contracts out to every player, and there’s plenty of prospects they could draft and develop as his replacement.