Patriots trade for Mohamed Sanu

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The Patriots won easily against the Jets on Monday night and have a historically good point differential through seven games, but that’s not stopping them from making a move to add talent to the team.

According to multiple reports that have been confirmed by PFT, the Patriots have agreed to a deal with the Falcons that will send wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to New England. Those reports peg the compensation going back to Atlanta as a second-round pick.

Sanu, who played at Rutgers with the McCourty brothers and Pats assistant Steve Belichick, has been mentioned as a potential Patriots trade target at other points in the past. He has 33 catches for 313 yards and a touchdown this year and caught at least 59 passes in each of his first three seasons with the Falcons.

He’s also thrown touchdown passes in the last two seasons and has thrown for four touchdowns over the course of a career that started in 2012. Such versatility is always prized in New England and Sanu’s consistency as a receiver should be welcome for a unit that’s had a lot of players on and off the roster at various points this year.

150 responses to “Patriots trade for Mohamed Sanu

  1. Not sure as a Patriots fan I love this trade. A second round pick is a lot to give up for a guy who will maybe have 40 catches the rest of the year.

  2. Wow, a 2nd for Sanu?? I realize that’ll be at the bottom of the 2nd round but still. Sanu is a slot guy. Edelman is a slot guy. Be interesting to see how the Patriots make that work, and you know they will.

  3. STEEP PRICE. I am surprised Bill would hand over a 2nd. Maybe its buddy buddy deal since Tommy Dmitrioff was with us for the first 3 championship runs.

    either way, the salary cap is what im more concerned with

  4. Someone pranked him on draft night, saying he was a 1st round draft pick. He was a 3rd rounder (as anyone reading this probably knows).

    11 guys picked ahead of him, only Alshon J is still around. TY Hilton picked behind him. No other WR’s in that draft still in the league. Really is not for long.

    I thought he was a solid 2nd rounder. #2 WR type that he has excelled at. Always liked him.

  5. Why would you trade to them? They turned Matt Ryan into the bowl of jelly we have today after the 2nd half beat down in the SuperBowl why make the best team better?

  6. A second round pick is steep for a 30 year old wide receiver but this wouldn’t have happened if the Patriots didnt Gamble with Antonio Brown If they stayed on the course and not messed with Antonio Brown they would of had 5 million in cap space and Demarius Thomas. I guess they learned there lesson and hope other teams will be smarter

  7. Atlanta recognizes the obvious mess of an unbalanced roster. Let the clear out begin.

    Like Sanu as a Patriot. Forget the cost. They will have to win a high scoring game in playoffs.

  8. Good move by the Pats, hope he winds up being a good contributor.

    Wish we could do the same for the O-Line, but that’s a lot harder, both in terms of availability of good players and in having the time to meld them into a cohesive unit.

    In the words of Rosanne Barr, “It just goes to show ya, it’s always sumthin…”

  9. Of course I know who he is and I’ve seen him play and
    I have seen him on the highlight reels a few times, But
    I just looked at his stats he is VERY average.

  10. I like how these above average teams have a need and FILL IT… meanwhile teams like my Bears stand Pat with the players they have, cough cough O LINE !!!

  11. Now just get someone for Oline reinforcements and the Pats will be in good shape for the stretch run!

  12. You think when players get called into the GMs office and get told they’re being traded to the Patriots, they have to keep themselves from smiling? I mean, I’m no Pats fan, but as a player, going from a team that’s abysmal to one who’s undefeated with the real possibility to earn yourself a Super Bowl ring has to be nice.

  13. That is a VERY solid trade for both teams. Sanu is a very good WR and the Pats sent a very late second round pick to get him.

  14. If the Fowlcons are rebuilding, they should be getting rid of high priced veterans like Julio Jones and perhaps even Matt Ryan. The two of them have combined for a single win this season.

  15. While the Patriots D plays sound, let’s face it, Darnold could not have played any worse last night. Let’s see the Pats against a real team. Once they beat up the Browns, they will for the first time all year, see playoff caliber teams.

  16. I love this dude! Great character, outstanding work ethic, and was another one that got away for the Bengals. I’ll be tuning in to more Pats games now just to see how he pans out

  17. While the Patriots D plays sound, let’s face it, Darnold could not have played any worse last night. Let’s see the Pats against a real team. Once they beat up the Browns, they will for the first time all year, see playoff caliber teams.

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    5-1 Buffalo was their biggest competition so far. The bills have gotten fat on a soft schedule, so it remains to be seen if they are a playoff team or not

  18. Julian Edelman no longer has the best arm for a WR on the team. Better watch out for the fake Jet Sweep pass.

    Speaking of “Jet Sweeps”….Nice game pretty boys.

  19. As a Falcons fan (embarrassingly) this trade is bittersweet. I love me some Mo and he’s been a solid WR for us, but a late second round pick is too juicy an offer for what was a WR3 on our offense. Now he gets to go win a super bowl this year in NE. I’ll be happy to not have him bobble anymore passes into the air for INT’s, but will miss his nasty, tough catches in tight coverage that make you wonder how the hell he caught it. Thanks for all of your contributions over the years, Mo. Go get it!

  20. October 22, 2019 at 8:38 am
    He is consistent but a second round pick seems kinda high for him.
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    Not if it gets you another Super Bowl title

  21. 2nd rnd pick for a 30 y/o WR that’s not even a semi-regular Pro Bowler? If it were any team other than the Pats, people would call it a desperation move. Instead it’s just a head-scratcher — as the article even mentions, they’ve had great point differentials all year, so not reason they should’ve felt forced to make a move.

  22. Patriots second round pick is pretty much the equivalent of an early third round pick.

    No, an early 3 is like an early 3. But seems to be a fair trade for both teams. They get a solid nfl wide out and the falcons get a pretty high draft pick. These are the trades I love. When both teams do well. Not every trade needs to be one team ripping off the other. This wasn’t a genius move by BB or demitrov. Fair value on both sides. The league needs more of these.

  23. edukator44 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 8:52 am
    While the Patriots D plays sound, let’s face it, Darnold could not have played any worse last night. Let’s see the Pats against a real team. Once they beat up the Browns, they will for the first time all year, see playoff caliber teams.

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    5-1 Buffalo was their biggest competition so far. The bills have gotten fat on a soft schedule, so it remains to be seen if they are a playoff team or not

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    The Bills are the #2 team in the AFC today. And those Jets you watched last night beat the Cowboys two weeks ago

  24. mmmpierogi says:
    October 22, 2019 at 9:02 am
    2nd rnd pick for a 30 y/o WR that’s not even a semi-regular Pro Bowler? If it were any team other than the Pats, people would call it a desperation move.
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    Edelman’s never made a pro bowl. He’s also over 30. You wouldn’t give up a second round pick for Edelman?

    LOL at “semi regular”

  25. richndc says:
    October 22, 2019 at 8:49 am
    While the Patriots D plays sound, let’s face it, Darnold could not have played any worse last night. Let’s see the Pats against a real team. Once they beat up the Browns, they will for the first time all year, see playoff caliber teams.
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    Perhaps the Defense is the reason Darnold had such a horrific game. Last week he was “the man” after they beat Dallas. I love how the common thread is “they haven’t played anyone yet”. They can only play who’s on the schedule.

  26. Pressure back on Brady now..He can’t be whining about a lack of weapons with Edelman, Dorsett, maybe Gordon, Harry coming in, Meyers coming on, etc.

    Time to buckle down and stop the whining Tommy!

  27. For those questioning the price of a late second round pick, keep in mind Sanu is under contract next year for an entirely reasonable 6.5 million, so this is not a rental. It was a good move for both teams. Probably should be referenced in the article.

  28. This is a good add. The Pats receiving options look like an E.R. lobby.
    #1, #3 & #4 WR injured, #1 & #2 TE injured, #1 & #2 FB on IR, #3 HB injured.
    They put in a punt returner at WR last week and a linebacker at FB this week.

  29. While the Patriots D plays sound, let’s face it, Darnold could not have played any worse last night. Let’s see the Pats against a real team. Once they beat up the Browns, they will for the first time all year, see playoff caliber teams.
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    Wait, weren’t the Jets “reborn” last week under savior Darnold as they beat the Cowboys? Now he stinks? Make up your mind haters.

  30. Steven Walfish says:
    October 22, 2019 at 8:01 am
    Can someone explain how the Patriots can fit him under the salary cap?
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    Kraft usually gives a lot of under the table money to Brady in the form of his TB12 center. It’s a nice “legal” way to cheat the cap. Hence why Brady “makes less” money.

  31. intentionallywidenberg says:
    October 22, 2019 at 9:22 am
    This is a good add. The Pats receiving options look like an E.R. lobby.
    #1, #3 & #4 WR injured, #1 & #2 TE injured, #1 & #2 FB on IR, #3 HB injured.
    They put in a punt returner at WR last week and a linebacker at FB this week.

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    Yeah, the Pats WR corps looked really bad last night.

    LMAO

  32. I agree, a second round pick seems like they overpaid, so I’m guessing there are some intangibles BB really likes. Hey, sometimes chemistry is everything. And if the Patriots did nothing, we in Patriot Nation would be complaining. Go Patriots!

  33. Sanu has to be ecstatic about this deal. He was never even going to sniff a playoff win with the Bengals…and we all know what happened with the Falcons.

  34. Watch the same people who knock other teams for trading high picks for players say this is genius. Just because you have the greatest coach of all time, don’t use different scales for these things.

  35. “49erstime says:
    October 22, 2019 at 7:28 am
    Great trade and a steal for a 2nd round pick”

    Nah, not a steal. High second is pretty good value for ATL. They didn’t trade for Ridley or Jones. Lets pump the brakes a bit. Look at his numbers. He’s at best a 3rd receiver.

  36. Yes, Harry can join the active roster in a couple of weeks but do you want to be counting on a rookie who has missed half the season (and practices) and shown nothing as of yet? The addition of Sanu means one more reliable option for Brady without having to hitch the wagon to Harry, and it also will take pressure of Edelman as the sole go-to guy.

  37. Sanu’s blocking will help improve the patriots running game.

    97 yards per game is the patriots current rushing average

    Sanu will bump it 15-20.

  38. Great addition, as a saints fan i can tell you im glad we no longer have to deal with him. To me hes more efficient than Ridley or Julio.

  39. LOL SO HARD at the guy above that said what a steal. You mean what the falcons stole from the patriots for a guy who was a 3rd WR at best. New England finally got tooook

  40. “You think when players get called into the GMs office and get told they’re being traded to the Patriots, they have to keep themselves from smiling?”

    Lol I think it takes every bit of will power not to jump to their feet and give a big fist pump and “OH YEAH” at the top of their lungs

  41. Nah, not a steal. High second is pretty good value for ATL. They didn’t trade for Ridley or Jones. Lets pump the brakes a bit. Look at his numbers. He’s at best a 3rd receiver.

    He’s the third leading rec as of today on the Falcons ahead of Ridley

    66 catches 800 yards last season is not bad nor a 3rd option

  42. “High second is pretty good value for ATL”

    It will be a low 2nd round pick Pats may or may not reach the SB and or win it, but they will certainly be deep in the playoffs. This will likely be somewhere from 29-32nd pick in that round.

  43. Great “Preseason ” move for the Patriots! He always impressed me in Bengals games I saw in his career.He was kind of buried in Atlanta . Now we move on to the meaningful games and then on to the playoffs. Mohammad should show why we gave up a 2nd . He is a beast !

  44. People who say “Sanu is , at best, a third string WR are forgetting that now he is a Patriot. Brady & Company will magnify his ability and importance in etting to the SB and winning #7.

  45. 2nd is steep, but the Pats are in win now mode and had to do something. NHarry probably won’t help much and we don’t know how bad Gordon is. As for the cap, the Pats have 2.9. Sanu makes 3.5 the rest of the yr. Whomever the Pats release to clear a roster spot will make up the difference. Tight but ok.

  46. Even if it’s a late second rounder, that seems like a bit much even if Sanu is only 30.
    Wonder if Bill’s planning on trading Bennett?

  47. jjfootball says:
    October 22, 2019 at 10:08 am
    Fire Goodell!
    +++++++++++
    Why? He’s the Patriots best supporter.

  48. dcpatfan says:
    August 31, 2019 at 5:16 pm
    The Greatest Coach Sports History has been “sandbagging” Josh Gordon.

    We Patriots are about to witness an aerial attack never seen before in Foxboro.

  49. My Guess is Gordon is done or close to it, a second is a steep price for Sanu.
    I am also hoping they are able to pry Sanders out of Denver.

    Then there will be no more “talk” about the Wide Outs.
    Please football gods, make this so!!!

  50. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 22, 2019 at 11:18 am
    LMAO remember when the Patriots fanboys were excited about demaryius thomas? How did that work out?

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    BB shipped him to make space for AB… it blew up in his face. I wish we kept him. This fan boy wishes they didn’t trade him to the jets.

  51. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 22, 2019 at 11:18 am
    LMAO remember when the Patriots fanboys were excited about demaryius thomas? How did that work out?
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    We are excited about being 7-0 and do not even have a real offense yet. Just like you are excited to post on every Patriots article. Actually, you are more excited to post about the Pats than the team you root for.

  52. Call Mueller because the Patriots just broke rule 28.3 which clearly states that the Patriots are not allowed to upgrade at any position when they are already undefeated

  53. Patriots are about to flip him for two late first rounders…I dislike them but you have to respect their desire to stay on top!

  54. “LMAO = BB loves Rutgers University”

    Yeah maybe because those guys have mostly performed very well for the Pats. If something works well why break it?

  55. the 9ers just got a better WR for a third round pick.

    but BB plays chess all day while everybody else plays checkers….

  56. tb12greatest says:
    October 22, 2019 at 7:36 am
    After seeing the Pats dismantle the Jets last night, I didn’t think WR was a need with Harry coming back in a few weeks.

    The Jets, 1-6 are a terrible team, with a rookie QB and only one win this season. The Pats p[layed that terrible team twice. The other Patriot wins are over Miami…a crappy team that is trying to get the first pick in the draft. THe Steelers, 2-4….The Redskins 1-6. Only Buffalo had a winning record, and they have a rookie QB that Belichick made look like a rookie.

    The Pats are lucky to play in a division full of terrible teams….and it’s been that way for over 10 years.

  57. raiderbeer34 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    the 9ers just got a better WR for a third round pick.

    but BB plays chess all day while everybody else plays checkers….
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    Maybe- but Sanu is signed for next year too, and for only 6 mill- Sanders is a free agent next year- so maybe still chess?

  58. It is staggering that Belichick still has a job as a HC/GM when there are so many Pats enviers on this site, and fake Pats fans, who are convinced they know more and can do better.

  59. pass575 says: “Like Sanu as a Patriot. Forget the cost. They will have to win a high scoring game in playoffs.”

    Ya mean like 13-3?

  60. Great move. Now, it would be nice if Belichick could use his mind control device on Bruce Allen to acquire Trent Williams from the Redskins.

  61. raiderbeer34 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    the 9ers just got a better WR for a third round pick.

    but BB plays chess all day while everybody else plays checkers….
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    First of all, the Patriots gave up a 2nd for Sanu, the 49ers gave up a 3rd and a 4th for Sanders and a 5th. So the trade vakue is about equivalent.

    But Sanu is under contract at 6.5 mil per through 2020, while Sanders has a salary of 11 and is signed only for this year.

    So for equivalent trade value BB for a guy for 1.5 seasons for about the same $ the 49ers will commit to Sanders as a 6 month rental.

    This is a slam dunk for BB and absolutely chess vs checkers.

  62. I’m not feeling great about them giving up a 2nd round pick, but he’s a decent enough acquisition considering how depleted they’ve been at WR. Not sure that he’s much of a difference maker, but we’ll see. Truthfully, I’d much rather they trade for Sanders, but I’m guessing the Broncos don’t want to deal with the Pats.

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