New England Patriots: Outside-the-box trade for top Rams receiver

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Ted Karras #75 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Ted Karras #75 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

The New England Patriots offensive line after the trade

Losing your starting offensive tackle is never a good thing, even if he only plays some of the time. Yet, the New England Patriots have a ready-made replacement on the roster right now in the massive person of Trent Brown.

Brown had probably his best season in 2018 with the Patriots protecting Brady’s blindside. He also is a mega road-grading presence in the run game. All good there and frankly, Brown should be the starter on the left anyway.

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Who moves to the right tackle in Brown’s projected spot in this domino effect of line readjustments? That’s easy, last season’s right tackle, Michael Onwenu. He was terrific as a rookie last year and he’ll be even better this season.

Then, who moves into Onwenu’s projected left guard spot? That’s the trump card. It’s a familiar face and a talented one. It’s Ted Karras back from his year-long vacation in Miami where he started 16 games at center for the Dolphins.

Karras is currently the top backup at both guard and center for the team. Yet, he’s starter quality as he has proven at either position. He’d slot in nicely at left guard from the get-go.

The problem is depth. That’s where the New England Patriots have to get creative and maybe try to get a backup tackle from the Rams included in the deal even if it costs another or a better draft pick to do it.

The Rams may be willing to part with Rob Havenstein, a starter last season, who evidently has fallen on the Rams depth chart. He’d be perfect.

Otherwise, the Patriots could move for a veteran backup tackle after final cuts or in another trade. They could send a mid-round pick or a current Patriots player who may not be in the team’s plans, out in that deal.

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So, there’s an outside-the-box trade idea that gets the New England Patriots what they need most on their roster, a top wide receiver.

The Rams have some depth there and may want to have a young, talented offensive tackle available should the long-in-the-tooth Whitmore get injured. In addition, Harry gives them a replacement possibility at wide receiver, as well.

So, what do you think? Let me know how outrageous (or not) you think this idea is. We’d like to hear your views.