The Patriots Have Traded Away One Of The Biggest Free Agent Busts Of The Belichick Era

The New England Patriots are moving on from TE Jonnu Smith and have traded him to the Atlanta Falcons for a 7th round pick. Smith was a complete bust during his time with the Patriots after signing a 4-year $50 million dollar deal in 2021 after coming over from the Tennessee Titans. Smith was not utilized in the way many Patriots fans had hoped when they brought him and Hunter Henry in during the same free agent class. Smith only accumulated 55 receptions, for 539 yards, and 1 TD during his time in New England. This will clear some extra cap space for the Patriots, and Jonnu will get a fresh start in Atlanta.

The trade will give the Patriots an extra $4.4 million in salary cap space.