Bill Belichick may have found a potential trade partner for N’Keal Harry. The New England Patriots selected the Arizona product in 2019, hoping to get the best of his performance. Well, Harry struggled to make an impact and Belichick didn’t even bother using him. He had worse stats than any other wideout on the Patriots roster. To make things worse, Harry requested a trade through his agent. Belichick trusted him and Harry insulted him at the beginning of training camp.
The wideout stayed in New England for another season but his role never changed. He was a huge disappointment. Harry didn’t even join his teammates in spring OTAs. Belichick traded for DeVante Parker and got Tyquan Thornton in the 2022 NFL Draft. In other words, there’s no room for Harry on his roster.
Potential trade partner eases things for Patriots and N’Keal Harry
Kristopher Knox from Bleacher Report believes that Harry is on his way out of New England.
“The time for Harry to reverse course in New England is likely over,” he wrote. “The Patriots added Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor last offseason and acquired DeVante Parker and rookie second-round pick Tyquan Thornton this offseason. Harry will likely have a hard time even getting an opportunity to prove himself in 2022.”
NFL teams showed interest in Harry, and the Green Bay Packers may be the best option for the wideout.
“Trading him out of the conference and to the Green Bay Packers could be a win for both teams,” wrote Knox. “The Packers dealt No. 1 receiver Davante Adams to the Raiders this offseason and are looking at a patchwork receiving corps of Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins and second-round rookie Christian Watson.”
NFL fans and analysts suggested that the Patriots use Harry as tight end. A change in position could make all the difference in the world. Knox feels the same way about this idea.
“Green Bay’s top tight end, Robert Tonyan, is also coming off a torn ACL,” Knox wrote. “In Green Bay, the 6’4″, 225-pound Harry could help fill the possession role normally given to a tight end—he’s roughly an inch shorter and 15 pounds lighter than Tonyan. The 24-year-old is a big, physical pass-catcher who could line up as a move tight end or in the slot and provide a mismatch against most linebackers and safeties.”