4. Mike Onwenu
It's shocking for some to see Mike Onwenu as a trade candidate. The fourth-year blocker was one of the better offensive guards in the NFL last season, but a disappointing 2023 campaign has caused his job security to disappear.
In the 2022 season, Onwenu only allowed 1 sack with 2 penalties across 1,044 offensive snaps — good for a 79.3 overall grade on Pro Football Focus. This year, however, the Detroit, MI native has played to a 54.6 grade after taking 4 penalties on 254 snaps.
Onwenu's down season has caused him to become one of New England's top trade chips, per sources close to The Boston Herald's Doug Kyed.
However, despite his current struggles, Onwenu's past likely makes him an attractive trade target. The Patriots' offensive line play has been underwhelming as a whole, so it's fair to list his down year as an anomaly. The right team with a winning environment could be what he needs for a turnaround.
Onwenu's status as a free agent at the end of the year only increases the probability that he's traded. If he likes New England enough he can always return to the organization in the spring.