Patriots rumors: Veteran receiver could be released in training camp
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Veteran Patriots receiver could be released in training camp

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The New England Patriots have limited financial flexibility, with just over $1.3 million in cap space according to Over The Cap.

Ryan Hannable of WEEI opines New England’s cap situation could lead to further cuts in training camp if players do not perform. One of the players Hannable singles out is wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who carries a $6.5 million cap hit for the Patriots:

Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is a massive wild card for the upcoming season. If he’s healthy and connects with Stidham, he could be a valuable piece to the offense, especially with Julian Edelman getting a great deal of attention from opposing defenses. But, it could also go the other way where if he struggles in training camp, it wouldn’t be a complete shock to see him released given his $6.5 million cap hit.

Sanu’s salary does not have any dead cap, thus the Patriots could free up all $6.5 million in the event they choose to release him.

At the same time, it seems unlikely New England would be so quick to part ways with Sanu.

The Patriots gave up a second-round draft pick in order to acquire Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons last season. He had just 26 receptions for 207 yards in eight games, though the veteran was also hampered by injuries.

For now, the sample size seems too small. The Patriots also likely value Sanu’s experience in the receiving corps, particularly if 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham ends up winning the starting job under center. There are also no guarantees as to N’Keal Harry’s health or performance after a frustrating rookie campaign.

Cutting ties with Sanu would indeed save the Patriots some money. But it would also deplete an already shallow group of receivers.

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