New England Patriots trade Canadian receiver N’Keal Harry to Chicago Bears

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The New England Patriots have traded Canadian receiver N’Keal Harry to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

The Toronto native was a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. He played only seven games as a rookie — starting five — due to injury and recorded 12 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also started the team’s playoff game and caught two passes for 21 yards.

Harry’s best season came in 2020 when he dressed for 14 games with nine starts and caught a career-high 33 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. His numbers diminished this past season when he made 12 receptions for 184 yards over 12 games with four starts. He was a healthy scratch in the final week of the regular season.

The Patriots declined Harry’s fifth-year option in May 2022, which means he will be a free agent following the upcoming season. The trade to the Bears will give him a fresh opportunity to make a greater impact at the NFL level.

The six-foot-four, 225-pound target played three seasons at Arizona State and caught 213 passes for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns over 37 career games. He moved to the Caribbean Island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as a child and was later raised by his grandmother in Arizona.