New England Patriots Rumors: 3 players the Pats could trade right now

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (37) Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (37) Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports /
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New England Patriots trade candidate No. 1: Damien Harris

The final and most significant trade candidate would be the most difficult and risky one, Damien Harris. Harris is a fine running back who ran for 929 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. But he is in the final year of his rookie deal and the Patriots have not extended his contract, even after his solid 2021 campaign.

Like Wynn, Harris should have solid trade value on the open market. He’s a starting level running back when he’s on the field. If he is traded, the Patriots have a starter in Rhamondre Stevenson waiting in the wings, as well as veteran pass-catching back James White (who may not be ready to start the season.)

The Patriots also uncharacteristically used two draft picks on running backs in April. They are speed back Pierre Strong Jr. in the fourth round and big power back Kevin Harris in the sixth. They also signed veteran running back/wide receiver Ty Montgomery in free agency

All that should add up to a very strong running back room. If any of the aforementioned has a solid training camp, then trading Harris might very well be plausible. While trading your best running back is definitely risky business, a Harris trade to the right team might land a solid defensive lineman or linebacker to bolster those weak units. Alternatively, a premium pick for such a solid player is definitely not out of the question either.

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Those are three Patriots regulars who could possibly be traded with the team likely withstanding the losses quite well. Getting a solid defensive tackle or linebacker in return, or even the draft capital they may glean from trading Wynn and Harris, would be helpful. The draft pick return for the two may range from a third to a fifth-round pick for each depending on how desperate the other team would be.

So, those are some trade possibilities for the New England Patriots before the 2022 season commences. Who do you think the team might or should trade? We’d like to hear.