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Patriots standout tied in potential packer trade

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Individual success on the football field creates attraction, and with that attraction comes rumor and speculation about player movement.

Rumors of a trade with Nelson Agholor have been around since the start of the offseason. He’s still with the New England Patriots, and after his strong showing in a Week 2 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s no wonder he’s featured as one of the players on Bleacher Report’s Trade Big Board.

B/R’s Kristopher Knox named the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers as potential candidates for Agholor. As Knox mentions, the Patriots could save a little less than $10 million if they handed him over to a team that could afford to take on the final year of his contract.

Green Bay has $9.4 million up his sleeve, so they could make room for him with a relatively small step.

Agholor, 29, had his best game as a Patriot in the Week 2 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had six catches for 110 yards and a brilliant TD catch on a 50-50 ball that would have been intercepted had Agholor not made such athletic play to take it away from the Steelers defenseman.

Agholor had a disappointing 2021 season, his first with the Patriots, but he’s already on track to blow his numbers from last year out of the water and achieve a career-best on all boards.

It’s early, but Agholor is on track for 77 receptions, 1,173 yards and 9 TDs. If he continues to play at this level, his trade value will skyrocket and New England could make a tougher decision about a potential trade.

The Agholor trade call should be interesting before the trade deadline.

We discussed the potential trade with Agholor, but the Patriots pulled the trigger by a small step Thursday. New England traded reserve offensive tackle Justin Herron to the Las Vegas Raiders and a seventh-round pick for a sixth-rounder. Both picks are in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The trade reunites Herron with his former offensive coordinator. Josh McDaniels served as the Patriots’ OC in two stints with the organization for 13 years. McDaniels left the Patriots during the offseason to become the Raiders’ new head coach.

McDaniels and the Raiders start the season 2-0 and the team’s offense is a bit messy. Herron could step in and play an important role for the Raiders, which he didn’t do for the Patriots.

In New England, Herron was buried behind Trent Brown, Isaiah Wynn, and apparently Yodny Cajuste. In Las Vegas, the path to the field seems clearer.

The Patriots played WR Kendrick Bourne with just two snaps in the season-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. He was much more involved in Week 2, fighting at home against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3; Bourne emphasizes the buy-in concept.

“You have to buy in, and then you win,” Bourne told local media, transcribed by Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe. “You can’t just come to the game and everything will work out. Everyone just buys into their role, buys in to work hard, buys in to make the plays at practice, and then you see the result. So by all means make a purchase and then see the result.”

The hope is that Bourne can take on even more responsibility and commitment on offense. The popular belief is that more Bourne should mean more points on the board for the Patriots.

We will see.

We will see.

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