New England Patriot receiver N’Keal Harry has requested a trade, according to a statement from his agent released through NFL Network.
Harry, 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, was a first-round pick in 2019. He has totaled 45 catches for 414 yards and four touchdowns in 21 games for the Patriots over the last two seasons.
Although he hasn’t lived up to expectations, it isn’t clear yet if the Patriots will trade him, or how much of a market there will be for him.
If he is available, however, the Eagles should take a chance on him.
The main reason the Eagles should take a chance on Harry? They are in the first year of a rebuild, and can afford to take low-risk, high-reward chances on young players. While they will compete for the NFC East title, they have plenty of snaps to go around at receiver as they try to sort through the young receivers they have on the roster to find long-term starters.
The Eagles’ receiving core got a big boost this offseason when they drafted DeVonta Smith, and actually does have some young receivers with potential, but overall is one of the weakest units on the team. Harry is not a proven veteran by any stretch, but he hasn’t been a bust either, and is just two years removed from being a first-round pick. On upside alone Harry is worth taking a shot on if the draft compensation isn’t very high. He would also be debatably the second-best receiver on the roster right away, and the best if you consider Smith hasn’t even played in the NFL yet.
On the field, the 6-foot-4 Harry would be a nice compliment opposite Smith, who is undersized, on the outside. Harry wouldn’t be taking snaps from Smith or Reagor, and would come in to compete with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Travis Fulgham for snaps on the outside as the team’s big-body receiver.
Financially there isn’t much risk in trading for Harry, who makes just $1.1 million in 2021 and $1.8 million in 2022 before his rookie year expires.
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