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.
Another trade: Falcons are sending WR Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots in exchange for a second-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2019
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.
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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