Patriots reportedly tried to trade for Giants WR Sterling Shepard

Ryan Hannable
April 12, 2019 - 8:59 am
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The Patriots clearly know they need to add proven NFL talent at the wide receiver position, as it was learned they tried to trade for another veteran receiver this offseason.

According to the New York Daily News, the Patriots inaquired about Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

This was because the 26-year-old was entering the final year of his contract, but a trade likely will not happen now that he's been extended by the Giants. He received a four-year, $41 million extension this week with $21.3 million guaranteed that a $10 million signing bonus.

In 16 games last season, Shepard had 66 catches for 872 yards and four touchdowns.

The Patriots currently have a wide receivers depth chart of Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Braxton Berrios, Maurice Harris, Bruce Ellington, Matthew Slater and Damoun Patterson. The team likely cannot rely on filling the need with just draft picks, so perhaps the team will find a team willing to trade away a veteran receiver.

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