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Patriots Add Missing Piece to the Puzzle in Blockbuster Trade

tim wrightNearly a day later, everyone is still trying to examine the blockbuster trade of Guard Logan Mankins, a staple to the New England Patriots success for the better part of the past decade. First thoughts by analysts and fans around the country was that the team just gave away one of their top players for scraps, and no one could understand away. One radio personality on 98.5 The Sports Hub said it was on par with the announcement of the trade for Randy Moss back in 2007.

However, if you delve just a little bit deeper, the trade makes a ton of sense, in multiple aspects. To truly understand the benefits of the trade, you must let go of your shock and disappointment of the departure of Mankins. If you hang on to the thought of him in another uniform regardless of the true meaning behind the deal, then you’ll never experience of the truth and genius behind it all. Let’s give it a shot.

Mankins was hoarding a large sum of about $10 million against the cap for the Patriots, money that is crucial in the modern hard-capped NFL. If you can remember last year, there was a player on the offensive line, that is only 24 years old, that stepped in following an injury to Nate Solder, and helped lead the team to their game on offense during the whole season. Josh Kline, a two-year veteran out of Kent State, has all the tools to step in and start in the wake of Mankins trade. There is no way the front office would have made this deal had there not been a capable replacement on the roster.

In turn, this gives the team flexibility with not only potential small additions to the team during this upcoming season, but for their superstars on the team right now. Remember, Darrelle Revis is technically only under contract this year for $12 million, and the Patriots will be hoping to sign him to a long term contract to hold down the cornerback position for years to come.

Aside from the financial reasons behind the trade, the Patriots also managed to land one of the most promising, up and coming tight ends in the league. Tim Wright, a former Rutgers wide receiver, went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, but was quickly grabbed by Greg Schiano‘s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wright was switched to tight end halfway through the season, where his speed and route running made if very hard for defenses to cover. He accounted for 54 receptions, 571 yards, and five touchdowns in 2013 for Tampa.

The Patriots are hoping Wright can come in this season and become the mismatch that was Aaron Hernandez before his troubles with the law. Rob Gronkowski should also be thrilled with the addition, which will open up the field for the Pro Bowler.

Just to sweeten the deal for the Patriots, Tampa Bay also threw in a 4th round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, in what is supposed to be another deep draft across the board.

Keep faith in Bill Belichick and the front office of the Patriots, they know what they are doing. At the beginning, it looked like it would be a hard pill to swallow, but digging deeper indicates a work of genius, and we’ll see if it worked out in New England’s favor in just a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.


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