3 teams that might call Patriots for Isaiah Wynn trade

Patriots OL Isaiah Wynn (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Patriots OL Isaiah Wynn (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Bengals offense (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals offense (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

1. Cincinnati Bengals

Had Joe Burrow not been running for his life the entirety of the postseason, the Cincinnati Bengals might be Super Bowl champs. But the porous pass blocking ended up doing them in and there need to be sweeping changes once the offseason arrives.

Left tackle Jonah Williams struggled in that regard, and it’s already being speculated he might be moved elsewhere along the O-line. Could that open up the theoretical spot for Wynn and give the Bengals an opportunity to use a portion of their ~$48 million in cap space without breaking the bank for a high-profile left tackle?

They might be candidates for Armstead, but the market competition for him will be significant since so few options will be available (next best are Duane Brown and Cam Robinson). The Bengals losing right tackle Riley Reiff in December ended up being crippling, and it turned out to be a domino effect with ineffective play across the unit.

Wynn could alleviate the mixing and matching and allow the Bengals to shift others around to see what works best. And his price tag could help them add even more to protect Burrow, which will be a priority for (they can hope) the next decade-plus. Wynn was a capable left tackle on a resurgent Patriots team that helped Mac Jones succeed immensely his rookie season.

It’s not unreasonable for Cincy to see what the Patriots are thinking. And while parting with a solid left tackle might seem irresponsible, Belichick always figures out a way to replace notable departures. The Patriots are the last team that has to worry about replicating production at key spots.