As of late Monday night time on Halloween, the New England Patriots hadn’t moved any of the gamers who’ve been extra generally talked about as potential commerce bait. However, one of many major gamers focused could not have executed himself any favors if he’s hoping to catch the attention of a possible suitor.
Former Patriots tight finish and present WEEI character Christian Fauria slammed New England vast receiver Nelson Agholor for what he described as a “pathetic” blocking effort on a play that led to a Mac Jones incompletion on Sunday vs. the New York Jets.
Take a take a look at Fauria’s tweet, which included a
video to again up his criticism of Agholor’s play.
In so many phrases, Fauria is looking Agholor’s efforts right here egocentric. He says the receiver is “too worried about getting into the route,” which is why he didn’t give a extra spirited try to dam the Jets’ move rusher.
Based on the video proof, it’s onerous to dispute Fauria’s claims.
Will Nelson Agholor Be Traded?
Trading Agholor has all the time been seemingly the hardest deal to swing amongst the Patriots’ most mentioned potential commerce chips. Agholor is the ultimate 12 months of a two-12 months, $22 million deal. If the Patriots did discover a suitor for him, they must work out one thing together with his new staff in regards to the quantity every squad is chargeable for paying.
Because Agholor is coming off a weak 12 months in 2021 and is off to a good slower begin in 2022, his commerce worth isn’t particularly excessive. He may must discover a change of surroundings, however buying him and his costly contract–even when it’s prorated–is a danger.
That danger may reduce into the draft property with which a staff is keen to half methods in alternate for Agholor. At this level, it will be a shock to see Agholor go for something greater than a sixth-spherical choose except the Patriots comply with pay most of his remaining wage. Perhaps if Bill Belichick and Co. choose up a lot of the tab, he may carry them again a fifth-spherical choice.
Because of the dynamic, the Patriots might need a troublesome time discovering a suitor. However, that doesn’t imply Agholor can be on the staff for much longer.
Would the Patriots Simply Release Agholor?
Agholor’s contract carries a $14.8 million cap hit. There is a lifeless cap variety of $10 million. If the Patriots commerce him, they may save $9.9 million. If that’s not possible, they may launch him and nonetheless save themselves $4.9 million.
New England will doubtless look to see if they will get one thing again for Agholor. If not, Agholor and Isaiah Wynn appear to be the gamers most probably to seek out themselves elsewhere within the subsequent few weeks.
New England has sufficient depth at vast receiver with Jakobi Meyers, Devante Parker, Tyquan Thornton, and Kendrick Bourne–who has additionally been the topic of commerce rumors–to maneuver on from Agholor.
New England additionally nonetheless has Tre Nixon and Lil’Jordan Humphrey, whom they will recall from their follow squad in the event that they discover themselves in a pinch late within the season. We’ll discover out quickly if Agholor will get moved or launched.