The trade deadline is among us! At 4:00 p.m. ET today, the window to move players via trade will close for the season and judged by the last week of action a few active hours could be ahead of us. The New England Patriots, as usual, are projected to be among the teams to watch today: they have never shied away from making moves, and have been among the teams to pull the trigger in late October recently.
The last two years alone, they moved on from starting linebacker Jamie Collins (2016) and high-upside backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (2017), and acquired linebacker Kyle Van Noy (2016). Whether or not New England will be equally active today remains to be seen, but whatever happens we are here to collect all the moves and rumors from the team and from around the NFL.
The deadline came and went and the Patriots did not make any moves.
DT Damon Harrison: from the New York Giants to the Detroit Lions for a 2019 5th round draft pick.
WR Demaryius Thomas and a 2019 7th round draft pick from the Denver Broncos to the Houston Texans for 2019 4th and 7th round draft picks.
WR Golden Tate: from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2019 3rd round draft pick.
RB Ty Montgomery: from the Green Bay Packers to the Baltimore Ravens.
DE Dante Fowler Jr: from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2019 3rd round pick and a 2020 5th round pick.
FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: from the Green Bay Packers to Washington.
Patriots candidates and targets
The Patriots have never been afraid from moving players about to enter free agency, if the projected reward is greater than a potential compensatory draft pick. Keep an eye for the following men today: defensive tackle Malcom Brown, wide receivers Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett, and defensive edge Trey Flowers. While Brown and Dorsett would qualify as medium shockers, seeing Hogan and especially Flowers traded would be huge.
Moving on from players could not be the only moves made today, the Patriots could also go after outside help. While the team reportedly has an eye on bone fide wide receivers like the Denver Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas and the Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate, it should primarily target defensive players to bolster what has been an inconsistent unit so far this season: linebackers Haason Reddick (Arizona Cardinals) and B.J. Goodson (New York Giants) come to mind.
Patriots salary cap space
$5,262,629 (via patscap.com’s Miguel Benzan)
News and rumors
Rumor: The Patriots have expressed interest in Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. (source)
Rumor: The Patriots are offering high draft choices for a bona fide wide receiver. (source)
Rumor: The Patriots have discussed bringing back linebacker Jamie Collins. (source)
Rumor: Linebacker Dont’a Hightower could be a potential trade chip for New England. (source)
Rumor: The Lions want a fourth-round draft pick for Golden Tate. (source)
Rumor: The Patriots could also be in the market to trade away one of the wide receivers they currently have under contract. (source)
Rumor: Pierre Garcon is no longer likely to be traded. (source)
Rumor: Texans still considering a trade for Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett. (source)
Rumor: Broncos still looking to trade LB Brandon Marshall and DE Shane Ray. (source)
Rumor: The Texans have called the Patriots about Phillip Dorsett, but there has not been much progress so far. (source)
Rumor: Bill Belichick does not expect the Patriots to make a move today. (source)