Report: Patriots, Joe Thuney not close on long-term deal

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It was a bit of a surprise that the Patriots used the franchise tag on guard Joe Thuney last month because it came with a price tag of just over $14.78 million.

That salary for the 2020 season made it less of a surprise that Thuney signed his franchise tender a short time later. That will also be his cap number, which is part of the reason why New England is tight against the cap heading into this week’s draft.

A long-term deal would bring that cap number down, but Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that the two sides are not close on a deal. That state of affairs leads Reiss to suggest that the Patriots would consider trading Thuney for a second day pick later this week and they could make such a move immediately because Thuney has signed the tag.

Peter King also included Thuney on a list of players who could be dealt before or during the draft in this week’s Football Morning in America, so that’s a situation to watch this week.

17 responses to “Report: Patriots, Joe Thuney not close on long-term deal

  1. He gone. Now or later. I guess poss more likely not til 2021 while they draft & train this year.

  2. Hes asking left tackle money! thanks for the memories and super bowl wins but it looks like its time to find a trade partner and move on.

  3. Just the genius BB at work again…… At least if BB trades Thuney he will have enough cap space to sign his rookies

  4. That’s too bad. I got the vibe he wanted to stay. Well, this would mean Froholdt would need to step up which is why he was drafted.

    Another guy that shows how BB can’t draft. bawahah

    abwhahahaa

    Too funny.

    I would definitely trade him out, though. Don’t wait. Maybe some team with a “ton of space” that has a horrible O Line will bite on a 2nd rder.

  5. SWFLPC.INC says:
    April 20, 2020 at 9:23 am
    Just the genius BB at work again…… At least if BB trades Thuney he will have enough cap space to sign his rookies

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    Yes, Dante Scarnecchia, the greatest OL coach in NFL history, should be the first positional coach go into Canton. I guess it is genius, like you say, along with BB deferring to his great eye for talent. And, I like how he picks OL and coaches them up. He’ll probably stay on board in a consultant role, as he was set to go to the Combine as it was.

    But, boy oh boy, do I like these results!

    How’s your OL in Miami doing? LOL!

  6. Angel Valle says:
    April 20, 2020 at 9:17 am
    Hes asking left tackle money! thanks for the memories and super bowl wins but it looks like its time to find a trade partner and move on.

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    Are you serious? I figured 8-9 mil per like the Mankins deal or any peak market Guard deal of the last 20 years, since he’s technically outplayed future HOFer Logan Mankins, but if his agent is being that greedy and he is, too, ship him out to a crap team with “tons of cap space” so he can destroy that team’s cap position overnight.

    As good of a technician as he is, and the fact he has played Tackle and can, sure, but it doesn’t equate to these bloated LT numbers floating around. Let the other teams make those contract blunders.

    It’s disappointing to hear, though. I honestly thought he was one of those that would get it and realize wherever he goes, he’ll be playing for an inferior team overnight. He’s been to the playoffs every year since coming into the NFL in 2016. PLayed in 3 straight SBs to start his career.

    He’ll play and be rich somewhere else. Miserable going to work, but very rich.

  7. buckdaddy24 says:
    April 20, 2020 at 9:05 am
    AJ Green for Thuney anyone?

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    You rarely see a player for player swap, interesting idea as Burrows needs protection, but Green may be done, too.

    I’d almost rather get a 2nd for Thuney and then just go get a young WR in Rd 2.

  8. I am not sure this is really much of a surprise. Is it? Pats could have let Thuney walk in free agency, and gotten a 4th round comp pick (next year). Maybe not even, has a guard ever been worthy of a comp pick in the 3-4 range? So instead, they tagged him. It gave them a chance to toss some numbers back and forth, see where both sides stand. If he isnt willing to sign for what they are willing to offer (and I’m not saying he should, he has the right to demand what he feels like he is worth), then they can trade him for a pick this year, that will be higher than any comp pick next year. The highest possible comp pick would be pick 97. They will get a better pick than that this year if they trade him.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    April 20, 2020 at 9:34 am
    That’s too bad. I got the vibe he wanted to stay. Well, this would mean Froholdt would need to step up which is why he was drafted.

    Another guy that shows how BB can’t draft. bawahahabwhahahaa
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    Now tell me about the genius pick taking CB Cyrus Jones in the 2nd round before Thuney in the 3rd. Bwahahahahaha

  10. I know it would be a reach to think the lions would trade for a guard considering they don’t have one and they love ex patriots. They also have cap room and an extra third they got for big mouth slay

  11. The genius of drafting CJones in the 2nd and Thuney in the 3rd was they wanted both guys. They knew Thuney would still be there in the 3rd. They wanted both guys. Draftniks thought they overdrafted Thuney. Yes, they wiffed on Jones. It happens. 2 picks with a big hit on Thuney, I’ll take it. After 4 years they’ll get back more than they spent on Thuney. Bwahahaha.

  12. Either pay the guy the $14 million a year the market says he’s worth, or say your goodbyes. I could see a team trading for him, but for a second round pick at most.

  13. Would think given that Scar retired they would really want to hold on to a guy who is one of their best couple Olinemen. They’ll need veteran leadership there with guys who know the system well.

  14. Now tell me about the genius pick taking CB Cyrus Jones in the 2nd round before Thuney in the 3rd. Bwahahahahaha.
    you sound like a fool you blame belichick if a player who’s drafted doesn’t develop and then give zero credit for players that do develop! Bwahahahahaha BwahahahahahaBwahahahahaha BwahahahahahaBwahahahahaha

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