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Patriots’ N’Keal Harry requests trade after two seasons

N'Keal Harry, Patriots

The New England Patriots offense will look vastly different in 2021 after an overhaul of pass-catchers. On Tuesday, former first-round pick N’Keal Harry and his agent have formally requested a trade out of New England after just two seasons with the team, according to Mike Garofolo of NFL Network. 

After the retirement of Julian Edelman and now the departure of Harry– potentially– the Patriots could be without two starters from last year’s team. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise either, as Harry got phased out of the Patriots offense for some reason.

Harry shined in college and the Patriots had high hopes after selecting him in the 2019 NFL draft. However, he has posted only 45 catches for 414 yards and four scores throughout two years with the Patriots.

He was excellent at Arizona State and was labeled as one of the best receivers of his draft class. He should have plenty of suitors on the trade market, although who knows what teams will pay especially at this point in the offseason.

Per the request, the desire is for more “opportunity”, and who knows what kind of market Harry will have at the moment. Either way, it will be interesting to see if teams pick up the phone and try and snag him for pennies on the dollar.

The Patriots brought in Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry as their new tight ends, and also added Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne at the wide receiver position, so Harry’s position on the depth chart was likely going to be buried anyways.