The Denver Broncos executed a blockbuster trade to acquire Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks. Reportedly, part of the fallout also includes the Seahawks dangling veteran receiver Tyler Lockett as a trade piece. There aren’t only three teams that could use Lockett’s services, but the three clubs that would benefit the most from the veteran receiver all have rising second-year quarterbacks.
Top trade destinations for Tyler Lockett
Lockett is coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons in Seattle. He hasn’t scored fewer than 8 touchdowns in any of the past four seasons. He’s one of the best deep-ball trackers in the NFL, making him an unbelievable pairing with Wilson.
The Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New England Patriots could all use a receiver with Lockett’s abilities. In their rookie seasons, Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence struggled more than Mac Jones, but the Patriots failed to put together a legitimate receiving corps in 2021.
The Bears may be the least likely team on this list to trade for the veteran receiver. However, with the imminent departure of Allen Robinson in free agency, the Bears desperately need another receiving weapon to pair with Darnell Mooney.
Lockett is an outrageous intermediate and downfield target, which fits Fields’ game perfectly. No rookie quarterback made more “NFL throws” than Fields last season. He took too many sacks and needs to work on his quick game, but Lockett helps in an area of the field the new coaching staff should be looking to attack.
The Bears don’t have a first-round pick in 2022. They could go after offensive line or receiver help later in the draft, but if they attack the line in free agency, they could use their second-round pick on a known commodity in Lockett.
DJ Chark’s injury destroyed any hope of the Jaguars fielding a competent receiving corps in 2021. In the passing attack, things were schematically ugly, but Lawrence’s receivers played like he forgot to invite them to his birthday party. Drops were a constant issue for the Jaguars.
Marvin Jones is a fine receiver. However, he’s a second option on a depth chart, not the only option. Laviska Shenault hasn’t panned out as a traditional pass catcher, and the previous regime failed to get him the ball and let him show off his post-catch ability.
Lockett’s ability to separate at the line of scrimmage will also bode well in the Jaguars’ RPO game, which will almost undoubtedly spike with Doug Pederson running the show.
New England Patriots
If Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Algholor, N’Keal Harry, and Jakobi Meyers get your juices flowing, you should probably consult your family care physician. Jones isn’t the most outstanding deep-ball passer in the world. But Lockett is arguably the best deep-ball tracker in the game.
The Patriots desperately need to find an explosive element in their offense, and Lockett would provide just that. Sustaining drives and scoring is the ultimate goal, but it’s challenging to accomplish. Explosive plays make things easier for any offense.
The other reason the Patriots should target Lockett is that they’ve been bad at drafting the position as of late, and their offense isn’t the simplest to grasp for young receivers.