Isaiah Wynn decided to skip voluntary OTAs when no one expected him to do so. The talented player has to use every opportunity to prove his worth and skipping OTAs is not a smart option. The New England Patriots may trade the starter and this scenario is super realistic.
Mike Reiss from ESPN was among the first to discuss Isaiah Wynn’s potential trade. According to him, his absence could push Trent Brown in a different position.
“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.”
Wynn will earn $10.4 million in 2022. However, he may easily look for a bigger deal. His absence sure adds fuel to the fire.
If head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t give him a raise, Wynn may go somewhere else. Vincent Frank from Sportsnaut listed the Seattle Seahawks, Las Vegas Raiders, and Dallas Cowboys as potential suitors. Wynn is a talented player and the Patriots can get a second-rounder for him.
“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.”
Josh McDaniels is now coaching the Raiders. Working with a familiar name would be of great help for Wynn. He could be a smooth fit for the team and trading him to Las Vegas makes perfect sense. Yes, he did have some struggles, but he could be of great help for the Raiders.
“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.”