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3 Teams That Should Trade For Hunter Renfrow

  • Justin Melo
  • January 25, 2023
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The Las Vegas Raiders could consider trading wide receiver Hunter Renfrow this offseason, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The same report indicates that tight end Darren Waller could also be on the move. With quarterback Derek Carr also on his way out, it seems that Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels could be having a fire sale this summer as they begin retooling the Raiders roster in their vision.

Renfrow recently signed a two-year contract extension worth $32 million that keeps him under contract through 2024. An acquiring team would inherit a manageable cap hit of $13.1 million in 2023, per Spotrac. We’ve swiftly identified three potential landing spots for Hunter Renfrow via trade.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

The Patriots are going to overhaul their offensive coaching staff and personnel this offseason. Changes are already underway after Bill O’Brien was officially named as their new offensive coordinator. O’Brien will be tasked with salvaging the development of quarterback Mac Jones, who didn’t receive appropriate support from his coaching staff throughout the 2022 campaign.

Bill Belichick has always held an appreciation for shifty slot receivers in the mold of Renfrow. The Patriots are currently scheduled to possess more than $38 million in cap space this summer, via Spotrac. They rank sixth in cap space across the league. Both Nelson Agholor and Jakobi Meyers are set to become unrestricted free agents. The Patriots could undergo sweeping changes to their wide receiver room. Renfrow would be a candidate to catch 90-plus balls in New England.

Belichick, McDaniels, and Ziegler have maintained a relationship since working together in New England. The Patriots traded backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham to the Raiders after McDaniels and Ziegler were hired. The two sides could reconnect for a trade involving Renfrow.

HOUSTON TEXANS

The Texans are preparing for a massive offseason. General manager Nick Caserio possesses the No. 2 overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Texans are expected to draft one of Bryce Young, Will Levis, or C.J. Stroud at quarterback. Caserio is also hiring a new head coach, one that will expect better support than Lovie Smith or David Culley received.

The Texans possess more than $40 million in financial flexibility. Caserio must attempt to build a contending roster. Caserio and Ziegler spent nearly a decade together in New England. Their friendship could help kick-start discussions.

Veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks is expected to be traded this offseason. John Metchie III will debut for the Texans in 2023. Adding Renfrow to the fold would remove some of the pressure from Metchie’s shoulders. Renfrow would immediately serve as a safety blanket for Houston’s rookie quarterback.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot inherited a mess of a salary cap situation in 2021. Fontenot did an excellent job setting the Falcons up for this coming offseason. Fontenot cleared the clutter by dumping various bloated contracts. The Falcons can now aggressively pursue roster upgrades for the first time in Fontenot’s tenure.

Atlanta has $56.2 million in cap space, per Spotrac. They trail just the Chicago Bears in available money. Head coach Arthur Smith will be looking for pass-catchers he can pair alongside Drake London and Kyle Pitts

Smith’s offense has always reserved room for a slot receiver. The Titans signed Adam Humphries when Smith was their offensive coordinator. The Titans are still running Smith’s offense and filled that position by drafting Kyle Philips. Hunter Renfrow would check a lot of boxes for Smith.