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Patriots Veteran Starter Skipping OTAs: 3 Potential Business Partners

During last week’s New England Patriots OTAs at Foxboro, a few things became clear.

The team has a solid if not spectacular stable of safeties.

Some players are due to “arrive” in 2022. Some may end up leaving.

Others, like offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn, are in limbo.

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Wynn, 26, skipped the first week of voluntary practices of the offseason, as the former first-round pick considered a new contract when he was slated to earn $10.4 million in 2022 after the Patriots chose the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

This decision by the team seems to indicate their commitment to him, but is the feeling mutual?

There are options – potential trade partners – if the Pats decide to trade Wynn.

New England signed veteran tackle Trent Brown in the 2021 offseason and could potentially move him to quarterback Mac Jones’ blind spot. In this scenario, this year’s seventh-round draft picks Andrew Stueber, Justin Herron or Yodny Cadjust would take over at right tackle.

A trade should come with a acquiring team agreeing to sign Wynn for a contract extension – lowering the dead cap New England takes if they trade him. If that is indeed the case, there would be a ton of interest in Wynn’s services.

He is, after all, a left tackle who started a career-high 15 games last season. Despite some struggles (28 pressures from the quarterback and six sacks allowed), Wynn is brimming with potential and potential.

Three logical commercial destinations:

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Seattle Seahawks

General manager John Schneider has taken a lot of heat for not committing project capital to help protect the departure of Russell Wilson in recent seasons. After trading him to Denver this offseason, the team used one of the first-round picks it acquired for left tackle quarterback Charles Cross.

With more ammo, could Seattle use a second-round pick to trade for Wynn and set up strong bookend tackles to protect quarterback Drew Lock?

Las Vegas Raiders

New head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler were, of course, members of the Patriots organization when they selected Wynn No. 23 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, so they know his talent and its potential.

Vegas has also already dealt with Bill Belichick this offseason, trading for quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

As for a potential adjustment, the Raiders actually make a lot of sense. They signed quarterback Derek Carr to a massive contract extension. There is also a need here with a below par Brandon Parker to start at the right tackle. Despite Wynn’s struggles last season, he came on as an upgrade while knowing the Raiders’ offensive system.

Dallas Cowboys

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Bill Belichick

Isaiah Wynn should be ready for training camp

LT of the Patriots’ future?

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Gone are the days when they sported the best offensive line in the NFL.

Of course, they have a future Hall of Fame left tackle in Tyron Smith. But there’s not much behind him on the depth chart. Should the season start today, Terence Steele is expected to start at the right tackle.

Despite Dallas’ questionable cap situation, making a move for Wynn would be a significant improvement in protecting quarterback Dak Prescott.