BOSTON (CBS) — The rich are getting richer.
The morning after their 33-0 Monday night victory over the Jets to improve to 7-0, the Patriots acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons.
The Patriots will be sending a second-round pick to Atlanta in the deal, according to Adam Schefter.
Another trade: Falcons are sending WR Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots in exchange for a second-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2019
Schefter added that the Patriots had been trying to trade for Sanu since before April’s draft. With the Falcons sitting at 1-6, the team finally felt comfortable with sending the talented receiver away.
Head coach Bill Belichick did not confirm the trade during his conference call with New England reporters. He said that in general when it comes to trades, there are several steps that must take place before a move can become official.
The 30-year-old Sanu played collegiately at Rutgers, a teammate in 2009 with Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon.
This season, the 6-foot-2 Sanu has caught 33 passes for 313 yards and a touchdown. Over the previous three seasons from 2016-18, he averaged 64 receptions for 731 yards and four touchdowns per season.
In his eight-year career, split between Cincinnati and Atlanta, Sanu has caught 377 passes for 4,300 yards and 25 touchdowns.
I appreciate everything the organization has done for my family & I. Mr. Blank, TD, Coach Q, & everyone through the organization, I am forever grateful for the opportunity. To my Teammates & fan y’all know how I feel about y’all love y’all to death. #ThankYou
— Mohamed Sanu Sr. (@Mo_12_Sanu) October 22, 2019
Tom Brady also seemed happy and eager to welcome Sanu to New England when he sent out the following tweet:
See you soon. https://t.co/2QgSuWbTXB
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) October 22, 2019
Julian Edelman appears happy to be receiving some help, too.
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) October 22, 2019
The Patriots’ receiving corps has been banged up this season. Edelman has played through injury, while Phillip Dorsett has missed time due to a hamstring injury, Josh Gordon missed Monday’s game due to knee and ankle injuries, and rookie N’Keal Harry has yet to play, as he’ll spend at least one more week on injured reserve.
The 7-0 Patriots rank first in the NFL in points scored and first in the NFL in points allowed through seven weeks of the season.