Over The Cap reported that the New England Patriots have limited financial flexibility. The organization has over $1.3 million in cap space. Where does this leave the team? It turns out that a Patriots veteran wide receiver may leave the team in training camp.
WEEI’s Ryan Hannable believes that the Patriots’ cap situation may result in additional cuts in training camp if players don’t live up to the expectations. Mohamed Sanu was on Hannable’s list. The veteran wideout has a $6.5 million cap hit.
“Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is a massive wild card for the upcoming season. If he’s healthy and connects with Stidham, he could be a valuable piece to the offense, especially with Julian Edelman getting a great deal of attention from opposing defenses. But, it could also go the other way where if he struggles in training camp, it wouldn’t be a complete shock to see him released given his $6.5 million cap hit.”
The Patriots need the veteran wide receiver
The veteran doesn’t have any dead cap, and the Patriots may get an additional $6.5 million in case they cut him. Well, we don’t really believe that the Patriots will have a reason to get rid of the superstar.
New England gave up a second-round draft pick to get Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons in 2019. Sanu had 26 receptions for 2017 yards in eight contests with the team. He struggled with a lot of injuries.
The Patriots will probably value Sanu’s skillset in the receiving unit. This will definitely be the case if head coach Bill Belichick decides to put second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham under center. N’Keal Harry is also a problem. He didn’t have the best rookie campaign. Yes, he didn’t live up to the expectations.
Getting rid of Sanu would give the Patriots enough money. However, it will also effect their receiving corps.
The Patriots have Julian Edelman. The veteran has enough skills and experience to lead the group. Edelman is one of the very few veterans to lead the Patriots in the upcoming season. Tom Brady is out. Finding a replacement for Brady is definitely a priority now. Belichick has to do a lot of thinking.