Bill Belichick needs to figure out a way to strengthen the offensive line, and Trent Williams may be the answer.
The New England Patriots 2019 offensive line was an absolute mess, and most of it stems because of lack of depth and the injuries that they faced throughout the season. The Patriots starting centre David Andrews missed all of the 2019 season with blood clots in his lungs, Ted Karras did a great job filling in for him, but forcing Karass to play as an everyday player took away a lot of the Patriots depth. Isaiah Wynn picked up turf toe in the second game of the season and ended up on the injured reserve list for the second time in two years, leaving Patriot fans to be subjected to the Marshall Newhouse experiment that went very wrong.
That's why now it's becoming a very common thought process to believe that the Patriots should be taking a long look at the Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams. Away from just needing to improve what happened last season, the Patriots are also going to take another hit this year with guys like Joe Thuney and Ted Karras ready to hit free agency, and in all likelihood, not re-signing with the Patriots. Bill Belichick needs to figure out a way to strengthen the offensive line, and Trent Williams may be the answer.
"Now that we are in the offseason the Patriots have some work to do. Joe Thuney is a free agent and it seems like he could get a major payday by leaving New England. That likely means the Patriots will be in the market for a left guard. That is why the recent update on Trent Williams is major news. The Redskins are allowing Williams to seek a trade. Williams is well rested after not playing at all last season. He sat out the season due to concerns over how Washington handles his medical issues." - Sam Minton, Fan Sided
The one big advantage that the Patriots have is that Isaiah Wynn is versatile enough to play both inside and outside on the offensive line. So if the Patriots were to trade for Williams, and move him to the left tackle position, you could move Wynn to the left guard position. It will instantly improve the Patriots offensive line, and it will mitigate the loss of Joe Tunney. Bill Belichick can then find the depth that he needs for the offensive line in the draft, and eliminate the house of cards feeling we had about the offensive line all of last season.
"If the Patriots offensive line is strengthened you have to believe it makes Tom Brady feel better about returning to New England. They would still need to get some pass-catching weapons but making sure Brady stays upright at his age is very important." - Sam Minton, Fan Sided
Statistically Tom Brady wasn't hit that much in 2019. But because of the pressure he was constantly under, Brady was forced to throw the ball away a lot. Brady still has the opportunity with the skill he possesses to play at high levels now, but at 43 years old he needs to be protected. The reality is for the 2020 season, Brady will only be as good as his offensive line.
The Patriots have a long list of needs that they need to address this offseason. Of course they need to find a new wide receiver, they need to address the decimated tight end position. They're going to have to strengthen their linebacking corps with the possibilities of losing Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins.
The offensive line has to be one of the greater needs on the Patriots list this year. Finding a way to work a deal with Washington and trade for Trent Williams would be a great start.