Patriots trade N’Keal Harry to Bears

Posted: 13/07/2022 in NFL
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The New England Patriots traded 2019 first-round wide receiver N’Keal Harry to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 2024 seventh-rounder, the Bears announced.

Harry reacted to news of the trade Wednesday on social media:

Harry has failed to meet expectations since entering the NFL as a coveted prospect out of Arizona State. The 24-year-old caught 57 passes for 598 yards and four touchdowns in 33 appearances across three seasons in New England. He played in 12 games last season, finishing the year with 12 receptions and 184 yards with no touchdowns.

Harry, who has one year left on his rookie contract, requested a trade before the 2021 season, but the two sides eventually agreed to keep the wideout in Foxborough. The Pats will pick up roughly $1 million in cap space in 2022 with the move, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Harry was considered a long shot to make New England’s final roster this season. The Patriots, who already have the likes of Kendrick BourneJakobi Meyers, and Nelson Agholor, bolstered their receivers room this year, adding veteran DeVante Parker and second-round rookie Tyquan Thornton to the mix.

The Bears, who lost Allen Robinson in free agency, entered this offseason with a major hole at wide receiver but didn’t draft a pass-catcher until the third round (Velus Jones) in April. Harry joins a receiving corps headlined by Darnell Mooney and Byron Pringle. Chicago’s depth chart also features wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and tight end Cole Kmet, among others.

Chicago kicked off a new era in 2022, hiring Matt Eberflus as head coach. The team also brought in Luke Getsy to coordinate the offense led by second-year quarterback Justin Fields.

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