Will another team trade for N’Keal Harry?
The Patriots passed a first-round pick on the receiver N’Keal Harry in 2019. Whether it’s a failure, a redaction, a development, or one of the two, it seems like this is the end for Harry in New England.
His agent demanded a trade, an obvious decision if the Patriots are up to it and, frankly, potential disaster if the Patriots haven’t yet decided they don’t want him.
Either way, the ball lies on the tee. Will another team kick him?
An anonymous source from a team with no currently obvious needs for the position predicts that the Patriots, if they are willing to trade Harry, could secure a fifth-round pick for the first-round prospect – perhaps with another pick circulating from New England to the new team under the usual balance reflected by so many other trades, such as a seventh round of 2023.
Before another team trades for Harry, that team must determine if Harry just needs a change of scenery. He’s not producing and he’s been injured. The Patriots have most likely concluded that he just can’t play well enough at the NFL level. If doing due diligence reveals attitude issues, it could destroy its market.
There is also a financial aspect. Harry will earn $ 1.4 million in 2021 and $ 1.87 million in 2022. Of the remaining salaries, only $ 673,000 is guaranteed for skills, injuries and the cap. The fact that the Patriots would avoid this obligation is becoming a factor in trade negotiations. However, if he is waived and unclaimed, chances are he will land with another team and earn at least that much elsewhere.