Uchenna Nwosu - LB
Maybe the Patriots don't need another linebacker on the roster, but adding another consistent quarterback wrecking ball doesn't sound like a bad idea.
Although he's only spent one season in Seattle so far, Uchenna Nwosu made an immediate impact within an ever-improving defense last year. Before signing there, Nwosu spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Chargers and wasn't exactly a well-known name.
The 26-year-old played a massive part in the defensive success throughout the season as the Seahawks worked their way back into the playoffs for the first time in two seasons.
Throughout the season, he totaled 66 combined tackles, a team-high 26 quarterback hits, and 9.5 sacks, four passes defended, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries returned for four yards. Basically, he was a complete workhorse during all 17 games of the regular season.
Because the Patriots have struggled to maintain consistent pressure on the quarterback outside of Matthew Judon, adding Nwosu would give them an automatic game-changer to play alongside their best defensive player.
The one-two punch of Judon and Nwosu would help balance out the defensive line and provide a better chance of slowing down mobile quarterbacks, a weak spot of the New England defense in recent years, which will become even more important this upcoming season in a division full of speedy quarterbacks.
On top of that, it seems clear that Belichick is hoping to replicate some of his earlier Patriots teams when the success was very much dependent on a stout defense. Nwosu could be a significant factor in solidifying that for the future.
And although this is just a dream trade scenario, he is a free agent in 2024. Maybe the Patriots should take a look at him when the time comes.