With free agency starting to slow and the Patriots needing depth at wide receiver, it’s important to consider the trade market as a team-building possibility.
Historically, New England has been active when it comes to swinging offseason trades fr offensive skill position players. The Patriots acquired both Randy Moss and Wes Welker on the trade market prior to the start of the 2007 season, Brandin Cooks the same way before the 2017 campaign, and Cordarrelle Patterson because of a deal with the Raiders in the spring of 2018. It’s also worth mentioning New England also acquired offensive game-changers like Corey Dillon, LeGarrette Blount and Martellus Bennett not in free agency, but as the result of springtime trades.
With that in mind, here are five possible trade targets for New England when it comes to wide receiver. I'll give my ranking, and then Bedard will give his. Lend your voice in the members-only poll.
5. Laquon Treadwell, Vikings
Final year of contract: 2019
Remaining Cost: $1.8 million
Skinny: You’re rolling the dice here. Treadwell has been a major disappointment in his three seasons with the Vikings — the former first-round pick out of Mississippi has caught 56 passes in three years with Minnesota. That includes 35 catches for 302 yards and a touchdown last year. While you could attribute some of his issues to age (he was barely 21 when he played his first game at the NFL level), he’d still be a real gamble for New England. Like the others on this list, he speedy Treadwell is heading into the last year of his contract. And considering the talent Minnesota skill positions — which can boast of wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, tight end Kyle Rudolph, and running back Dalvin Cook — it’s unlikely he’ll get a whole lot of targets this season if he ends up sticking around the Twin Cities. A new start and the opportunity to head into free agency on an up note have to appeal to Treadwell, and the possibility of an extra draft pick later this spring could be just the sort of thing that could make this 23-year-old a member of the Patriots.
Why it will happen: