Saints listed as potential trade destination for former first-round receiver

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The New Orleans Saints need a reliable wide receiver behind Michael Thomas and failed to find one in free agency or the draft. Even with that being the case, there’s still a chance for them to trade for one prior to the regular season kickoff in September.

One name that has been tossed around recently is Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry, who has demanded a trade from the team that spent a first-round pick on him in the 2019 NFL Draft. Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report listed the Saints as a potential landing spot if Harry is indeed traded.

Gagnon offered more analysis:

"The Saints are putting a lot on the shoulders of Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith at the outset of the post-Drew Brees era, especially now that Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook are gone.There’s a severe lack of depth in that receiving corps, and it might be worth seeing if Harry could establish some chemistry with Jameis Winston and/or Taysom Hill this summer."

By this point, Saints fans have heard it all when it comes to the WR2 position and players they could potentially trade for. Harry wouldn’t provide much excitement to be perfectly honest, as he’s been a bust to this point of his career. He’s never had more than 309 yards in a season and the Saints have a similar player in Tre’Quan Smith.

The Saints are a potential landing spot for N’Keal Harry.

Harry was a beast of a receiver during the final two years of his career at Arizona State, totaling over 1,000 yards receiving in each of those seasons. He went for over 1,100 yards during the 2017 season and had a combined 17 touchdowns in those two seasons, making him an obvious first-rounder in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Harry hasn’t been able to transition into the professional ranks and maybe a change of scenery could do him well but it’s hard to really push for the Saints to make this trade considering how poorly Harry has played in two seasons with the Patriots.

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All of that being said, you never know what a fresh start could do for a player and N’Keal Harry might benefit from working with Sean Payton and catching passes from a pass-happy quarterback such as Jameis Winston.

This move probably wouldn’t excite Saints fans but if it happened, the organization would obviously be confident in Harry and what he could do for this team moving forward.