Mike Lombardi names a few potential Patriots trade targets on OMF

Ryan Hannable
October 12, 2019 - 9:28 am

There is no doubt the Patriots will be working the phones over the next few weeks as the trade deadline approaches to upgrade their offense.

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They could look at a few positions, most notably wide receiver and tight end.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Friday afternoon, former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi, who now works for The Athletic among other outlets, said wide receiver is the most likely position and mentioned a few names.

“I would think they are going to add more of a receiver than a tight end," he said. "Maybe you could find a tight end, but Mohamed Sanu comes to mind as somebody who would fit what they do perfectly because he’s a big inside receiver. He’s on the last year of his contract and if Atlanta continue to plunge down, maybe they want to dump that asset. Maybe they want to get some pick for him before they lose him. … Emmanuel Sanders, if Denver continues to lose, do they take a draft pick now as opposed to waiting for a compensatory pick? Those are the kinds of players that you have to look at — one-year rentals.

"We saw it last year with Demaryius Thomas going from Denver to Houston late at the trade deadline. It was for a third-round pick. It was expensive, but Houston needed to make a trade for a receiver. I think that is the line you’re looking at. There’s not enough good tight ends out there to satisfy everybody. I think they can work around the tight end. It is the inside/outside receiver that is problematic.”

As of now, the Patriots have roughly $3.7 million in cap space to work with. 

The trade deadline is Oct. 29.

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