7 hypothetical NFL trades the LA Rams should make before Week 1

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Scenario V- Trade LB Kenny Young to the New England Patriots for a conditional third-round pick

The New England Patriots are scrambling for quality depth right now. When the Patriots knew that veteran quarterback Tom Brady was moving on, they were no longer considered a contender. But the true test for these Patriots happened when the NFLPA negotiated the right for players to opt-out for this season. The New England Patriots roster was decimated by player opt-outs.

One of the key losses for the Patriots was starting linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who has elected to opt-out for the 2020 NFL season. That puts the Patriots at three healthy linebackers, and that means that they need some veteran help. Not just anyone, but someone who can come in and compete for a starting role.

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Young booted to get the reboot

When the LA Rams acquired LB Kenny Young from the Baltimore Ravens as part of the Marcus Peters trade, the original hope is that the Rams found a talented linebacker who could step into the vacated starting inside linebacker role this year.  Curiously, Young has not seen a single defensive snap for the Rams yet. Whatever the case, he is a talented player who is not part of the Rams defensive equation.  The Rams should move him to find someone who is.

Why should the Patriots do this? Young had a very impressive resume with the Baltimore Ravens before the trade to Los Angeles. He is a solid producer who is both fearless and talented. He makes plays that need to be made on the football field. With the Patriots, he is back to the east coast, gets a fresh start, and immediately becomes part of the Patriots rotation. Why should the Rams do this? Young is wilting. Better to transplant him now, get some cap relief, and pick up a draft pick