The New England Patriots have informed veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu of their goal to release him, a source affirmed to ESPN.
NFL Network first announced the news.
The Patriots gained Sanu last October from the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round pick, a critical investment that came about in Sanu playing just nine games for the team.
All things considered, the move doesn’t come as an astonishment because of a combination of finances and overall fit in the Patriots’ receiving corps.
Sanu was expected to acquire $6.5 million this season, which is a high figure dependent on his projected role as a No. 4 alternative who doesn’t contribute on special teams.
Moreover, in light of the fact that the Patriots are secured with Julian Edelman and 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry as two of their top receivers – giving them one of the more slow top couples in the NFL – their optimal third receiver would be somebody with speed.
That isn’t Sanu’s claim to fame, as he’s to a greater extent a sly inside receiver who plays with a physical edge. Free-operator signing Damiere Byrd, a previous track star in secondary school who likewise contended at South Carolina, is a top candidate to fill that role.
In 2019, Sanu got off to a quick beginning in New England, getting 10 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in his second game, before he sprained his ankle returning a punt in his next game. That appeared to back him off the rest of the season, and he went through offseason surgery.
Concerning the second-round pick that the Patriots traded for Sanu, the Falcons turned around and traded it to the Baltimore Ravens in a deal that landed them tight end Hayden Hurst.