The Patriots intend to release veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, per NFL Network.
The Washington Football team needs depth at wide receiver, per everyone.
Dwayne Haskins', Washington's quarterback, and Sanu are close friends, per Haskins.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to connect the dots here, and while it's hardly a lock Washington will pursue Sanu, it would make plenty of sense.
Washington Football head coach Ron Rivera named Haskins the team's starting quarterback on Wednesday, and before training camp began the coach talked about the team's question marks at receiver.
Second-year pro Terry McLaurin is the star, and fellow sophomore Steven Sims looks like a player ready to emerge. After that, veteran Dontrelle Inman looks like a solid contributor. Then it's really just questions.
Kelvin Harmon is hurt and gone for the year, rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden hasn't practiced for a few days and doesn't look ready for primetime. Then it's a collection of undrafted guys fighting for roster spots like Isaiah Wright, Cam Sims and Trey Quinn.
A nine-year vet with 59 catches and more than 500 yards last season, Sanu would have ranked as Washington's second-best receiver in 2019. And he served as a mentor for Haskins when the quarterback was growing up.
Sanu worked with Haskins before and during his college career at Ohio State, and gave the young passer confidence in his ability to make it in the NFL.
"He means everything," Haskins said of Sanu before he was drafted last year. "He’s given me all the tools to be able to learn how to work out as a pro. Being able to hang out with him in the offseason, he’s been a great tool for me."
So, Washington has the chance to sign a veteran wideout that can help on the field and is close friends with the new starting quarterback?
Sounds like a no brainer.
Now, there is a real question as to why New England is cutting Sanu. The Patriots offense is not full of stars, and Sanu is being released for a reason.
But he's still 6-foot-2 and 215 lbs. with a proven track record of making plays in the NFL. In 2018 Sanu had 66 catches for 838 yards and four touchdowns.
Washington would love that production from its third or fourth wideout. In fact, Washington might love that production from its second wideout.
Need one more connection? Washington quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese served as the Bengals QB coach and offensive coordinator during the four years Sanu played in Cincinatti from 2012 to 2015.
Washington needs help at WR, the coaching staff knows Sanu, and the quarterback loves him.
Sounds like an easy call to make.