Atlanta Falcons fleeced Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots
Atlanta Falcons got the best of the Patriots when they traded Mohamed Sanu for a second-round pick.
No one was shocked in 2019 when they learned the Atlanta Falcons traded Mohamed Sanu, however, everyone was shocked that they traded him to the Patriots for a 2020 second-round pick. That additional high-round pick gave the Falcons flexibility this offseason.
At the start of the NFL year, Thomas Dimitroff would move that pick to Baltimore for a seldom-used tight end, Hayden Hurst, who just a couple years ago was the top tight end drafted in the 2018 NFL draft.
The Ravens would use that pick to draft running back J.K. Dobbins but the Falcons got a playmaker in Hurst who will see his role expand and whose talents will be fully utilized with Matt Ryan.
In eight games with the Patriots in 2019, Mohamed Sanu had just 26 catches for 207 yards – half of which came in the first two games. It isn’t often but Thomas Dimitroff absolutely fleeced his former employer and that was solidified Wednesday when the Patriots announced they were releasing Sanu.
Atlanta Falcons fleeced Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
That is not a sentence uttered very often. More times than not, trades work out very well for the Patriots but this time it clearly didn’t.
More importantly, this trade also shows just how good Matt Ryan is as a quarterback. The Falcons acquired Sanu via free agency in March 2016 and were able to improve his production and showcase his ability and flip him for a second-round pick.
There aren’t many other quarterbacks who could have taken a receiver with just three career 100-yard receiving games and turned him into high round trade bait. Think about it, the Falcons were able to get for Mohamed Sanu what the Texans received for DeAndre Hopkins, who is the second-best receiver in the league behind Julio Jones.
The only way this trade could get any better would be for the Falcons to waive Laquon Treadwell and bring Mohamed Sanu back to the black and red.