Buccaneers: N’Keal Harry trade should be off the table

N'Keal Harry, potential trade target for the Buccaneers (Photo by Aubrey Lao /Getty Images)
N'Keal Harry, potential trade target for the Buccaneers (Photo by Aubrey Lao /Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers don’t have room for N’Keal Harry.

Twitter tends to run wild whenever a recognizable player requests a trade, but for one of the first times in a while, the Buccaneers have the luxury of sitting back and watching. Had N’Keal Harry requested a trade sooner, he could’ve made sense with the Bucs, but this deal doesn’t work now.

Harry was drafted by the Patriots during the 2019 NFL Draft amid a star-studded group of receivers that are starting to emerge as some of the best in the league. Perhaps the Tom Brady history is what has people connecting Harry to his former quarterback’s new team, but this is not the right move by the Buccaneers.

In two seasons with the Patriots, Harry has primarily been a non-factor. Despite getting plenty of game time opportunities, like playing in 14 games in 2020, Harry only has 45 receptions and 414 receiving yards during his NFL career.

This lack of production is not entirely Harry’s fault. New England has been somewhat dysfunctional since Tom Brady departed. Cam Newton was a shadow of what he once was as a passer last season, and that didn’t help in Harry’s growth and development at all.

Despite the weak production so far, Harry still has plenty of upside at the NFL level, and he deserves another chance on a new team. With great size, athleticism, and college tape to back up his potential at the next level, a change of scenery could be all it takes to help the young receiver take the next steps.

The Buccaneers don’t have space for N’Keal Harry

Unfortunately, while the Buccaneers should usually jump on a chance like this to add young depth that could develop down the road, there just isn’t space on this roster to make a decision like this.

Harry’s price tag is low, and his potential is high, but the Bucs already have a great wide receiver room that is built perfectly. From the veterans to the younger guys, there are six starting-caliber players on the roster as is, and bringing Harry in would only muddy the waters even more.

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Some team may win big by taking a chance on Harry without much risk, but the Buccaneers have the unique chance to worry about other aspects of their team as this situation plays out.

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