A recent Bleacher Report article has zeroed in on the New England Patriots for a couple very interesting trade scenarios for 2022.
On Wednesday, Bleacher Report released an article talking about potential landing spots for players that could still be traded this offseason, and the New England Patriots were center focus.
The first scenario in the article was BR suggesting that the Patriots trade Nelson Agholor to the Dallas Cowboys.
Last offseason, Agholor signed a two year deal after a breakout season with the Raiders. In his first season in New England, he managed just 473 receiving yards.
In the offseason, the Patriots added DeVante Parker and drafted Tyquan Thornton in the second round. Both players have played well in training camp. The Patriots are crowded at the receiver position, and Agholor does appear to be the odd man out. Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers are both younger and better, and obviously the team isn’t going to trade Parker or Thornton.
Trading Agholor to the Cowboys for late round pick in 2023 might be the best move for the team, given the alternative is simply releasing him.
The Cowboys would have a ton of opportunity for Agholor too, so it could be a mutually beneficial fit.
I do think it’s likely, one way or the other, that Nelson Agholor is not a Patriot in a few weeks.
The next scenario put forth in the article is the Patriots acquiring Roquan Smith from the Chicago Bears. This would be an amazing trade and would continue the trend of Patriots employing high caliber inside linebackers. Smith is good at everything, so we would be a natural fit.
We could combine these two scenarios and project that the Patriots could trade Nelson Agholor and a couple draft picks to Chicago for Roquan Smith.
Or, another trade scenario could be the Patriots trading Agholor, Isaiah Wynn, and a draft pick to the Bears for Roquan Smith.
Bleacher Report seems to think similarly. The New England Patriots do have the resources, both player and draft capital, to get a deal done.
I think it would be a very efficient use of resources to try and turn Nelson Agholor and some draft picks into Roquan Smith. Some may be turned away at having to pay big money for an inside linebacker, but Roquan Smith is special.