Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots Working On Trade?
Are the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots working on a trade?
The biggest issue facing the Patriots this offseason is the looming free agency of Tom Brady, clearly. That said, there are other matters that need to be addressed by Bill Belichick and Co.
One of those issues is the notable lack of playmakers that ultimately cost New England in their AFC Wild Card showdown against Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans.
New England is now looking to address that problem.
Patriots, Jaguars exploring pre-draft trade for @Ravens TE Hayden Hurst, but whether it happens will depend on what draft capital teams r willing to part with. Hurst, who Jags we’re going to draft in 2018 ,told me 2 months ago he wants opportunity to catch more passes. Stay tuned
— Eugene Frenette (@GeneFrenette) February 24, 2020
According to sports columnist Eugene Frenette, the Patriots are looking into a possible deal with the Ravens for tight end Hayden Hurst.
New England is not alone in its interest in Hurst, though. The Jacksonville Jaguars are also reportedly in the mix for his services, and it may all boil down to who comes to the table with the best offer.
“Patriots, Jaguars exploring pre-draft trade for Ravens TE Hayden Hurst, but whether it happens will depend on what draft capital teams r willing to part with,” he tweeted out.
“Hurst, who Jags we’re going to draft in 2018 ,told me 2 months ago he wants opportunity to catch more passes. Stay tuned.”
Standing tall at six-foot-five and 260 pounds, Hurst has all of the physical attributes to be successful in Belichick’s offense. He is also precisely the type of player who could make life a hell of a lot easier for Brady, if the future Hall of Famer opts to return to the fold.
New England has never been too big on retaining its draft picks, opting instead to trade them away for assets that could be used in the now. That “live for today” strategy has led the Patriots to six Super Bowl championships in the Brady-Belichick Era, so it is hard to argue with the logic behind it.
It remains to be seen if the Patriots will be able to outbid the Jaguars for Hurst, but if they set their minds to it, they should be able to do so.
Will the addition of Hurst be enough to convince Brady to come back, though? That remains to be seen.