The NFL trade deadline came and went and the New England Patriots did... nothing. Even though there were multiple rumors swirling around the team leading up to today’s 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, it decided to stand pat and not make any moves before the window closed – the first time since 2015 that the Patriots decided against pulling the trigger on at least one transaction at the deadline.
Entering the day, the Patriots’ main focus reportedly appeared to be their wide receiver group. Two of the most popular names linked to the team as potential targets were the Denver Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas and the Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate. However, neither will wear the the navy and silver anytime soon: even though both did indeed get traded today, they will spend the rest of the 2018 season elsewhere.
Other players also seen as potential Patriots trade targets in the days leading up to the deadline also did not find their way to Foxboro. Likewise, the team decided to not move any players off its current roster for outside assets or future draft picks. That being said, New England of course still has the possibility to add players via the open market or from other teams’ practice squads.
Overall, five trades were made today:
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.
FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: from the Green Bay Packers to Washington for a 2019 4th round draft pick.