By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Trent Brown just signed the largest free-agent deal ever for an offensive lineman. And the player in line behind him to start at left tackle has offered his congratulations.
Isaiah Wynn sent a pair of tweets on Monday just 15 minutes after it was reported that Brown agreed to a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders that includes $36.75 million guaranteed. Brown topped fellow ex-Patriot Nate Solder for the most money ever handed to an O-lineman.
“BROKE THE F***ING BANK!” Wynn tweeted first. He later added “He earned EVERY last cent. Proud [as f***] of big bro. Def paved the way”.
BROKE THE F***ING BANK!!!! ????????????????????????????????— Isaiah Wynn (@iwynn77) March 11, 2019
He earned EVERY last cent. Proud af of big bro. Def paved the way ✊????— Isaiah Wynn (@iwynn77) March 11, 2019
Brown paved quite the path for Wynn in his only season with the Patriots, starting all 19 games for the Super Bowl LIII champions. Now, the expectation is that Wynn will be the top contender to start at left tackle for the Pats in 2019.
The problem is Wynn will be coming off a torn Achilles injury that cost him his entire rookie season. But if he’s physically recovered and up to the task, he has a good chance of earning the starting job on Tom Brady’s blind side. It should surprise exactly no one if O-line coach Dante Scarnecchia develops Wynn, the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 draft, into an immediate starter.
That being said, expect the Patriots to add other options at tackle in free agency and/or the 2019 draft in the coming weeks.
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