Patriots Advised to Trade Disappointing Free-Agent Acquisition Soon
Head coach Bill Belichick is reshaping the roster. He needs new names in the fold and he may soon get rid of several players. The Patriots may soon trade a top free agent. Maurice Moton from Bleacher Report has a suggestion for the Patriots. According to him, the Patriots should get rid of Nelson Agholor.
Agholor joined the Patriots as a top free agent last offseason. The Patriots had high expectations from him, but he didn’t really accomplish much.
“Given the amount of competition he’ll be facing, Agholor may not see enough targets to rack up respectable receiving numbers this season,” Moton wrote. “Though the Patriots would be left with a $5.1 million dead cap hit if they traded Agholor post-June 1, they would also save $10 million in cap space. The front office should attempt to acquire draft capital for a player who’s probably fourth on the wide receiver depth chart behind Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and [DeVante] Parker while heading into a contract year.”
The Patriots may wait before they trade the talented free agent
In 2021, the Patriots inked a two-year deal worth $22 million, but recorded 37 catches for 473 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2020, Agholor stacked 48 receptions, 896 yards, and 8 touchdowns.
Agholor is 29 and doesn’t have a long history of injuries. The Patriots have a chance to get the best of him. However, he hasn’t accomplished much so far.
Belichick may want to keep Agholor on the roster. Players sustain injuries throughout the entire season and Agholor may be really handy in that case. He can replace an injured player. His skills are great and maybe he will have a better performance in 2022.
The Patriots need strong receiving unit. They traded for DeVante Parker and he should add great value to the group. Of course, no one can replace Julian Edelman, but this may be just a beginning. Things can change overnight. Parker is working on his relationship with Mac Jones and the quarterback is an optimist. Their chemistry will play a big role in September.