With the Dallas Cowboys needing help at left tackle, the New England Patriots might have found some takers for Isaiah Wynn. The team is apparently discussing a potential trade for Wynn. This would save the team over $10 million against their cap, and give them some much needed breathing room.
As we know, Wynn is a solid player who can play both tackle and guard. He may not be elite at either, but he’s a good offensive lineman in a league where there’s a shortage of them. The Patriots appear to have enough quality bodies along the offensive line to effectively replace him, so a trade makes sense.
He’s battled some injuries throughout his career, and given his fifth year option salary, the Patriots might feel motivated to move him before the season. Perhaps the writing was already on the wall when he was essentially demoted from left to right tackle this offseason. Trent Brown appears to be solidified at the left tackle spot, and Wynn has played well at right tackle.
Given that the Dallas Cowboys just lost Tyron Smith for likely the entire season, they could perhaps make a trade for Isaiah Wynn to help negate the impact of Smith’s injury. Wynn is not on the same tier as Smith, but again, he’s a solid player.
I think that if the Patriots aren’t able to trade Isaiah Wynn, they’ll likely let him test free agency next offseason. Not being able to get something for Wynn would be a disaster for the team. The Patriots have always had strong offensive lines, so potentially losing him in a trade shouldn’t have much of an impact at all.
Perhaps a second or third round pick coming to the Patriots for Isaiah Wynn would be a deal that the Cowboys would be willing to do. On the other hand, though, New England is set to have a ton of cap space next offseason, so they would easily be able to retain Wynn if they wanted to keep him here.
However, the Patriots aren’t usually a team to fork over large contracts to its players, unless Bill Belichick is willing to keep the spending spree from the 2021 offseason going into the 2023 offseason.