N’Keal Harry Rumors: NFL Insider Floats Potential Suitor For Patriots Wideout

Harry could be on the trade block in the coming weeks


Oct 21, 2021

The Detroit Lions have spent the past year jettisoning ex-New England Patriots players. Could they add one ahead of next month’s NFL trade deadline?

Speaking Thursday on WEEI’s “Gresh & Keefe,” NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport mentioned the Lions as a potential suitor for Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry.

This was speculation, not reporting from Rapoport, who offered a lukewarm assessment of Harry’s trade value.

“If there is value, it would be not a lot,” Rapoport said. “It would be a pick-swap or a late seventh. I wouldn’t rule it out. I mean, there are some teams that need playmakers. I think one of the teams that was rumored with N’Keal Harry was the Lions. They don’t have a lot of receivers at all. Could those maybe kick-start again? I mean, maybe.

“In my history, knowing Bill Belichick, when a player has asked for a trade or demanded a trade sometimes it happens, but not always. Sometimes it’s kind of like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ Because honestly, what are you getting anyway?”

Harry, whose agent publicly requested a trade before the season, has provided minimal production since returning from injured reserve in Week 4. Over three games, the 2019 first-round draft pick has played 58 offensive snaps and recorded two catches on three targets for 19 yards.

The 0-6 Lions have one of the NFL’s weakest receiving corps, with Kalif Raymond and Amon-Ra St. Brown currently serving as their top options.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell floated a different landing spot for Harry, proposing a trade that would send the disappointing wideout to the Jacksonville Jaguars (along with a 2022 fourth-round pick and a 2023 sixth-rounder) in exchange for edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson and a 2023 fifth.

The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 2.

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