The New England Patriots are in a complete re-build mode, and head coach Bill Belichick is not even done yet. He has four quarterbacks on the depth chart and his receiving unit looks pretty strong. Well, there’s more… According to analysts the Patriots may trade for a Green Bay Packers WR.
Analysts have discussed a lot of WR targets in the past few years. Josh Gordon, Antonio Brown, Brandin Cooks, and Mohamed Sanu are the only wideouts to join the team in the past decade.
Truth is, none of these players turned out to be a good fit for the Patriots. Is Davante Adams a good fit for Belichick’s team? The Packers all-world wide receiver was added to the latest batch of rumors.
Can the Patriots afford him?
Patriots to trade for top Packers WR
Adams tried to get an extension with the team, but things didn’t change in the past few weeks. Ian Rapoport from NFL.com reported this, suggesting that the Packers may plan to trade away the best wide receiver in the league. We don’t even know if Adams will join his teammates in training camp. Rapoport noted that Adams wants to get more money than any other receiver in the NFL. The Packers are not in the mood of paying him that much.
Patriots salary cap guru Miguel Bezan explained that the Patriots can really get Adams only if they change his contract.
The Patriots will have to give up on many draft assets and pull out a few trades. Bill Huber of Fan Nation said that trading Aaron Rodgers and Adams will probably start off a rebuild.
“If the Packers can’t sign Adams to an extension, the executives agreed the team likely would use the franchise tag on Adams next offseason and then trade him. The executive said he’d offer a deal similar to what the Buffalo Bills gave up to get Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings before the 2020 draft.
“In that deal, the Bills got Diggs and a seventh-round pick in exchange for first-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-round picks. Adams and Diggs are among the NFL’s premier receivers; Diggs is one year younger. All told, the Packers could spin Adams and Rodgers for three first-round picks, a competent quarterback in Carr to provide some insurance behind Jordan Love, and picks in the fourth through sixth rounds. Moreover, the Packers would be awash in cap space for 2022. Rodgers has cap charges of $37.2 million in 2021, $39.9 million in 2022 and $28.4 million in 2023 compared to $22.1 million in 2021 and $19.9 million for Carr in 2022.”