The New England Patriots need some massive help along their offensive line, specifically at tackle. Should they make a huge trade to help this unit? The tackles for the Patriots in 2022 were not good, to say the least.
Isaiah Wynn is a free agent and likely will not return, and Trent Brown did not do too well at left tackle, so it makes sense to move him back to his more natural position at right tackle.
The Pats should make multiple OL additions in the 2023 NFL Draft, but they should also address the unit in free agency for obvious reasons.
One player that I think could make a good bit of sense for the team for a couple of years at least is Tyron Smith, who might be the odd man out in Dallas. A future Hall of Famer, Smith has played most of his time in the NFL at left tackle.
He did see some right tackle action this year for the Cowboys, but because of their cap situation and Smith’s age and injury history AND potential cap savings, he may not be in a Cowboys uniform next year.
While he may be outright cut, the Patriots should not take any chances in this scenario. I’m not entirely sure what Tyron Smith would cost in a trade. If I had to guess, I’d say a mid-round pick, perhaps a late third or early fourth round selection.
Tyron Smith would not give the team a long-term option, but he’d surely offer some stability at a position that they desperately need help at. With Bill Belichick surely not coaching for much longer, why not take big swings?
It may line up with his timeline and usually in these instances, you are getting immediate-impact players back in return for these big swings.