After using the franchise tag on their All-Pro offensive guard, the tag created a $14.78 million cap hit for next season. When it comes to signing him to a long-term extension, the team has not made a lot of progress.
Boston Herald writer Chris Mason tweeted that nobody should be surprised if the Patriots “move on” from Thuney. The 27-year old could net a return with a team and has already been linked to the New York Giants.
The Giants hold the No. 4 overall pick, and the Patriots would love to move on from Tom Brady with either Tua Tagovailo or Justin Herbert.
If not, moving Thuney to the Seattle Seahawks is another option. The Seahawks signed BJ Finney, but could be willing to move him in order to take on Thuney’s cap hit.
A guard like Finney would allow the Patriots to pick up another offensive lineman in the draft, most likely in the second round, which is what the Patriots would likely receive. Meanwhile, the Seahawks would add one of the best guards in the league to protect quarterback Russell Wilson.
As for the Giants, according to a report from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Gettleman could be desperate for a quick turnaround.
“He made a case for ownership to come back,” via Glazer. “He presented a plan for how he’ll turn it around in a year. That needs to happen. If it doesn’t happen, he’ll be gone and rightfully so. If he doesn’t follow through, it’s time to go.”
The Giants were already rumored to have interest in an offensive lineman. This would net them the fix for that hole, which would allow them to use their first-round pick to fix another issue.
The Patriots would gain an heir to the departure of Brady. Tagovailo would likely thrive under the system under Josh McDaniels.