Patriots News: N'Keal Harry Formally Requests Trade From New England

Devon Platana
Patriots WR N'Keal Harry has formally requested a trade out of New England.
Patriots WR N'Keal Harry has formally requested a trade out of New England. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

Once upon a time, wideout N'Keal Harry was seen as a player who could be a major player in the New England Patriots passing game. After all, that's what a team should expect from a first-round prospect. However, things haven't worked out that way and now the 23-year-old wideout has requested a trade out of New England.

The NFL Network's Mike Garafolo first reported the news on Tuesday, posting a screenshot of a note written by Harry's agent, Jamal Tooson. In the note, Tooson lists the reasons why his client has formally requested the trade, which includes a lack of targets and opportunities.

N'Keal Harry Trade Request

Through 21 games over two seasons with the Patriots, Harry has been targeted 81 times, making 45 receptions and turning them into 414 yards and 4 touchdowns. Those aren't the numbers that New England or Harry were hoping for, which is why Tooson wants a "fresh start" for his client.

"I believe it's time for a fresh start and best for both parties if N'Keal [Harry] moves on before the start of training camp. That is why I have informed the Patriots today that I am formally requesting a trade on behalf of my client."

Jamal Tooson, N'Keal Harry's agent

It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out. On one hand, you'd have to think that the Patriots could get a decent return for a 23-year-old who was a first-round pick just two years ago.

However, as is the case with most public trade requests, other teams may not be willing to pay that much now that they know Harry wants out of New England. Still, it's hard to imagine what kind of leverage Harry has in this situation. He doesn't own the accolades that bigger names have when they request trades, so it's not like he can force the Patriots' hand.

With that being said, the Patriots will want to ensure that any return in a potential Harry trade will help them return to the postseason. With +126 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, that's already looking like a realistic goal, so any other piece(s) who can help them get there would be a bonus.

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