Patriots Could Consider Trade of Another Offensive Starter

The New England Patriots entered the offseason with a lot of holes on their roster. Their coaching staff saw a lot of changes, too. Patriots coaches and players had the first session of their OTAs. Several players didn’t show up and their absence sparkled rumors. Isaiah Wynn is one of these players. His absence made people think that the Patriots may soon trade the offensive starter.

Mike Reiss from ESPN was among the first to discuss Trent Brown’s new role with the Patriots in case Wynn misses more time.

“With starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn not at voluntary offseason practices last week, veteran Trent Brown flipped to that side, with swing tackle Justin Herron elevated as the top right tackle,” Reiss wrote. “Brown was excellent at left tackle in 2018, before playing right tackle upon his return to the team in 2021. Could Wynn’s absence be the opening to return Brown to left tackle permanently, especially when considering the valuable chemistry he’s developing with left guard/first-round pick Cole Strange? At the least, it’s a question [Bill] Belichick and O-line coaches [Matt] Patricia and Billy Yates are probably asking.”

Patriots to trade the offensive starter to a top destination

Wynn will earn $10.4 million next season. The talented player may be looking for ways to get a better deal. Will the Patriots pay him more money? His absence is a big obstacle. If Belichick doesn’t pay Wynn, the veteran will find a new home right away.

Vincent Frank of Sportsnaut mentioned the Seattle Seahawks, Las Vegas Raiders (Josh McDaniels), and Dallas Cowboys.

“We’re openly wondering whether Seattle could then use some more of the capital it acquired for Wilson to find an upgrade at right tackle,” Frank wrote. “The team could offer up its second-round pick from Denver and change to bring Wynn into the mix — creating a potentially stellar pair of young tackles in front of either Drew Lock or Geno Smith.”

McDaniels left the Patriots to join the Raiders as their new head coach. He could find great use for Wynn in case the veteran signs with his team. Wynn is an excellent player and his experience will elevate the Raiders roster.

“As for a potential fit, the Raiders actually make a ton of sense,” Frank wrote. “They handed Derek Carr a massive contract extension during the spring. There’s also a need here with a below-average Brandon Parker set to start at right tackle. Despite Wynn’s struggles last season, he’d come in as an upgrade while knowing the Raiders’ offensive system. It almost makes too much sense.”