It was clear at the end of last season, the Patriots needed to address the tight end position this offseason.
Given the lack of options via the draft and not an outstanding free agent class, the team may have to get creative and add one in a trade.
According to the Florida Times-Union’s Eugene Frenette, the Patriots and Jaguars are exploring a pre-draft trade with the Ravens for Hayden Hurst. The report adds a deal would be dependent upon what draft capital the teams would be willing to give up. The asking price is unclear.
It is worth noting Bill Belichick and the Patriots seemed to be interested in Hurst when he was coming out in the 2018 draft. Belichick attended his pro day at the University of South Carolina.
Hurst was selected by the Ravens in the first round, but hasn't been as productive as many believed he would be. In 28 games, he has 62 catches for 512 yards and three touchdowns.
The report also noted Hurst would like an opportunity to catch more passes. He's playing alongside Mark Andrews, so he's not receiving the targets he might if he were the No. 1 tight end.
Keep in mind the Ravens are one of the Patriots' top competitors in the AFC, so they may need to overpay in order to pry Hurst out of Baltimore.