Mohamed Sanu Traded to New England

The New England Patriots have bolstered their offense by trading for wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The Patriots, 7-0, have dealt a second-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons in the deal. This will give the team viewed by most as the Super Bowl favorites even more firepower on offense.

Mohamed Sanu Headed to New England

While the Falcons are mired in a terrible season, Sanu has been very productive. While playing second fiddle to Julio Jones, Sanu has caught 33 passes on 42 targets for 313 yards and a touchdown.

Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon already make up a strong receiver core. However, Gordon has been dealing with a knee injury, so this gives them even more depth.

Assuming Sanu picks up the offense, expect him to make a big impact right away. Especially since he was catching balls at such a high-rate in Atlanta, and now he will be catching passes from Tom Brady, in an offense that is great at getting people open.

For Atlanta, this signals the start of a rebuild. The Falcons have had a terrible season and are more than likely looking at firing Dan Quinn.

Now, they are getting a second-round pick, which is good draft capital to get out of a guy who isn’t even your main receiver. So in that sense, Atlanta deserves credit.

Sanu wasn’t a burden as far as contracts go, so adding him to the roster will have little impact on New England when it comes to the salary cap. This season he has a cap hit of just under $3.8 million. Next season he has a cap hit of $6.5 million.

However, next year doesn’t include any guaranteed money, so if New England did decide to move on, it wouldn’t be a big hit.

Giving up a second-round pick for New England is a lot. However, they have a chance at another Super Bowl. That alone makes it worth it.

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Author: Jared Woodcock

I am the founder and owner of Sports Daily Gameday Insight. I am also currently a business student at the University of Oregon

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