The trade deadline is almost here! 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 are already among the teams that have pulled the trigger at least once over the last few days.
Over the last few years alone, the Patriots moved on from starting linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. (2016) and high-upside backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (2017), and acquired linebacker Kyle Van Noy (2016). Whether or not New England will be similarly active today after already making two trades last week 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.
WR Mohamed Sanu: from Atlanta Falcons to New England Patriots for a 2020 second-round pick
DE Michael Bennett: from New England Patriots to Dallas Cowboys for a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick
CB Aqib Talib and a 2020 fifth-round pick: from Los Angeles Rams to Miami Dolphins for an undisclosed draft pick
Patriots candidates and targets
The Patriots have never been afraid from moving players on their rookie contracts about to enter free agency, if the projected reward is greater than a potential compensatory draft pick. Left guard Joe Thuney and linebacker Elandon Roberts fall under this category, but trading the two players seems highly unlikely at this point in time: Thuney is a starter and the team’s best offensive lineman, Roberts a team captain and valuable rotational player.
Moving on from players — either on their rookie deals or not — could not be the only moves made today, as the Patriots could also go after outside help. While the team reportedly has an eye on more receiver help despite having already acquired Mohamed Sanu, the two most realistic positions are an offensive line that could benefit from additional depth and tight end. O.J. Howard and Tyler Eifert are two names to keep an eye on.
Patriots salary cap space
$2,383,356 (via patscap.com’s Miguel Benzan)
News and rumors
Rumor: The Falcons will not move tight end Austin Hooper. (source)
Rumor: The Patriots are still in the market for a receiver. (source)
News: Patriots head coach Bill Belichick acknowledges on a conference call that his team’s salary cap situation complicates things ahead of the trade deadline. (source)
Rumor: The Patriots are among the teams that have “shown the most interest” in Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert. (source)
Rumor: The Buccaneers are not expected to trade O.J. Howard at this point in time. (source)
Rumor: The Redskins are reportedly not asking only for draft picks in return for Trent Williams, but also wants players on top of it. (source)
News: The Patriots have released kicker Mike Nugent. (source)
News: The Patritos did not make any additional moves at the trade deadline. (source)