Source: Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu needs ankle surgery

Ryan Hannable
February 28, 2020 - 12:27 pm

The Patriots may need to be more involved in the free agent wide receiver market than initially thought.

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According to a source, Mohamed Sanu needs offseason ankle surgery. Sanu sprained his ankle on a punt return against the Eagles last year, which was his third game with the Patriots. He was never the same after the injury and it did not heal as expected this offseason. The timetable for his recovery is unclear, but it could be a lengthy one.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the news.

Sanu was traded to the Patriots from Atlanta for a second-round pick in the middle of last season. In eight games, he had 26 receptions for 207 yards and a touchdown, but 10 catches and 81 yards came in his first game against the Ravens.

The 30-year-old has one year remaining on his contract, which has him being paid $6.5 million.

Right now, the Patriots have Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers and Sanu under contract for next season at wide receiver. This means they may need to be more aggressive than first thought this offseason at the position.

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