The New England Patriots are off to a 1-2 start this season and depending on how severe the injury to Mac Jones is, their plans for the upcoming weeks could change. Without Jones, it could be tough for the Patriots to remain in the playoff race as their only other options at quarterback currently are Brian Boyer and rookie Bailey Zappe.
New England could decide to become sellers ahead of the trade deadline, looking to acquire some draft capital to further upgrade the roster next offseason. Even if the Patriots don’t become sellers and look to remain competitive, one player that could be on the move is wide receiver Nelson Agholor.
Agholor has not been a major part of the offense as he has two underwhelming games sandwiching one breakout. In Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Agholor caught six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. In Weeks 1 and 3, he combined to catch five passes for 69 yards.
Heading into the regular season there was speculation that Agholor could be traded as moving him would save the team a ton of money. He has a cap hit of $14.9 million and they would save $9.9 million by trading him.
One team that could be a trade partner for the Patriots is the Indianapolis Colts. Michael Pittman leads the team with 17 receptions despite missing their Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They could certainly use some experienced depth behind him and Agholor would provide that.
Inserting him into the lineup behind Pittman along with Ashton Dulin and rookie Alec Pierce would make the offense less reliant on their No. 1 passing option. The game against the Jaguars showed everything you need to know about how desperate they are for some help.
Acquiring him shouldn’t be too expensive, but some roster moves would be needed to fit Agholor’s contract on the books. A fifth-round pick should be able to get the deal done as New England would be happy to get anything in exchange for Agholor, who is set to become a free agent after the season.