The New England Patriots have declined the fifth-year option on wide receiver N’Keal Harry.
This move isn’t surprising considering that Harry hasn’t lived up to expectations so far. He’s going to have to earn a second contract with the Patriots.
5th-year options declined, officially:
No. 4: Clelin Ferrell
No. 6: Daniel Jones
No. 10: Devin Bush
No. 18: Garrett Bradbury
No. 22: Andre Dillard
No. 24: Josh Jacobs
No. 27: Johnathan Abram
No. 28: Jerry Tillery
No. 29: LJ Collier
No. 31: Kaleb McGary
No. 32: NKeal Harry
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) May 2, 2022
Had the Patriots picked up that fifth-year option, Harry would’ve had a guaranteed salary of $12.425 million.
Harry finished the 2021 season with only 184 yards on 12 receptions. His best season came in 2020 when he finished with 309 receiving yards and two touchdowns off 33 receptions.
For his NFL career, Harry has 598 yards and four touchdowns off 57 receptions.
It’s possible that he puts it together during this season, but all signs are pointing to him going to free agency next year.
It’s also possible that he doesn’t play for the Patriots this season after he requested a trade last offseason. With how wild this offseason has been, a trade involving Harry wouldn’t be shocking at all.