The New England Patriots should consider opting to make some trades if they want to fill some of their crucial needs on the roster. The team should be heavily involved in the trade market this offseason, especially to help fix the offense.
Pass catchers have been a sore spot for Bill Belichick during his tenure. He hasn’t really been able to draft them with much success and has opted for free agency to fix them.
I think he should continue that trend in all honesty. If he and everyone else involved with draft prep cannot figure out a solution to this issue, then maybe they should admit it’s a huge problem and to act accordingly.
The team has draft picks and cap space, and they also may have desirable players that they could trade to facilitate certain deals.
As has been said many times on the website, the biggest needs for the team going into the offseason would be the wide receivers and the offensive line, specifically at tackle.
They also have a need or two on the defensive side of the ball as well.
With all of that said, who are three players the Patriots should trade for this offseason?
Three players the Patriots should trade for this offseason
1. Mike Evans, WR
Mike Evans has been in the NFL since 2014 and has had a 1,000 season in every year of his career. The Buccaneers may be in a transitional period being that Tom Brady retired, them being way over the cap number, and them having quite a few free agents.
Perhaps Evans is someone the team would be willing to deal, and he’d fit right in with New England.
Perhaps the Patriots could send a second round pick the Bucs’ way for Evans, or maybe facilitate something like a sign and trade with Jakobi Meyers and a draft pick for Evans.
2. Jalen Ramsey, CB
Jalen Ramsey might not be the best cornerback in the NFL anymore, but it’s still Jalen Ramsey. The Rams are over the cap number as well and will need to make some moves to get under the cap. Dealing one of their core players who is slowly aging and is on a large contract might be the answer.
The Patriots need to get a playmaker on the defensive boundary. Ramsey is still a playmaker and would help keep the defense among the league’s best.
3. Ryan Ramczyk, RT
The Patriots should try and find a legitimate right tackle. Trent Brown is fine at that position, but the Patriots can move on from him pretty easily as it pertains to their financial situation.
However, they may be able to take advantage of the Saints and them once again being in cap hell. Being over $50 million over the 2023 cap space is a problem, and by trading the star right tackle, they’d save $14 million on their cap and would likely get a first round pick in return.
I think this could be a great move for both sides. This would then allow the Patriots to either look to the draft for a long-term LT, stick with Trent Brown, sign one in free agency, or a combination of any of those three options.