The New England Patriots aren’t really strong at their wide receiver bit. The team lost the talent of Malcolm Mitchell, Jordan Matthews, Kenny Britt and Eric Decker. Is there any possibility that the team engages in a trade deal with the Lions?
Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson are the only proven options for the wide receiver spot. Let’s not forget that Julian Edelman is suspended. Rob Gronkowski will give them a hand, and James White can also help Tom Brady in the passing game. The same applies to Rec Burkhead and Jacob Hollister. ESPN’s Mike Reiss believes that a trade deal between the Patriots and Lions could help the Pats gain more depth at receiver. Detroit could also use the help on the defensive side of the ball.
“I don’t know if the Lions would consider it, but receiver Golden Tate is the type of trade target I’d inquire about for the Patriots. Playing fantasy GM, a package of defensive tackle Malcom Brown and linebacker Elandon Roberts would be something I’d float out there to see if there was a bite. Something tells me Lions fans would tell me I’m not realistic, even though Tate is entering the final year of his contract and the Patriots might have to do some cap maneuvering to bring him on,” Reiss noted.
Head coach Bill Belichick tends to make moves before the regular season starts off. He made a bunch of trades last year. Belichick sent Jacoby Brissett to the Colts and got Phillip Dorsett.
“There’s about 20 things going on at this time of year. That’s the way it always is between our team, and preseason games, regular season games, another preseason game next week, evaluating players, making roster decisions, talking with other teams in the league. That’s the way it is every preseason, every training camp. That’s the way it is now and that’s the way it’ll be through the next couple of weeks. So yeah, it’s a juggling act,” Belichick said in the preseason, admitting that the Pats are talking to other NFL teams.
Is this trade possible?