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Which Patriots Are Getting Traded Before Tomorrow’s Four PM Deadline?

Which Patriots are staying, and which ones are moving onto a new team before the trade deadline hits at four PM?

With the trade deadline looming, just around the corner, set to arrive November 1st at 4:00 PM on Tuesday evening, everybody is waiting around, wondering exactly what will happen concerning the likes of Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor, and other popular Patriots players involved in trade rumor discussions. With the deadline so close, it seems unlikely that Bill Belichick will make a move, but stranger things have happened, and anyone who claims to know these things with certainty is probably either a liar or Adam Schefter.

There are a handful of players on the Patriots who could still possibly be traded, and there are also, obviously, a considerable amount of highly desirable trade targets elsewhere around the league that could potentially make a worthwhile addition to any team, including the Patriots. We’ll quickly review some of the players that the Patriots might still trade for or trade away during these last precious moments before the trade deadline officially arrives.

Patriots Who Could Be Traded

Kendrick Bourne, WR

A lot of the speculation here was that the Raiders were going to be calling, but when your QB is playing like Derrek Carr is this season, all of your WRs could be Randy Moss, and you’d still only be putting up 150 passing yards per game. I don’t think Kendrick’s going to the Raiders, at least not this year, on a trade.

If he does get traded, which still feels like a faint possibility, my money is on the Titans. Their WR group is fairly lackluster and riddled with injury, also given the Mike Vrabel/Bill Belichick connection, it makes a trade with Tennessee more likely than a trade with a team such as the Buccaneers or the Saints, who both also need some help at WR position probably, but don’t have a strong enough tie with Belichick or New England.

With time ticking, it’s only a matter of time before we hear something. If anyone is on the move, it’s probably Bourne.

Nelson Agholor, WR

His uptick in usage last week makes me think he’s probably earned himself a solid roster spot and a place in the good graces of Patriots coaches for the foreseeable future. So long as he never drops a football, ever again. Agholor kind of feels like the type of player that makes one more mistake, and gets cut, much like Ty Montgomery did after his costly fumble in a Packers uniform. For now, though, I expect to see him out there for the remainder of the season, at least with the Patriots, doing his best to hang on to the ball.

Steve Belichick, LB Coach

Obviously, this isn’t going to happen, but at the same time, would you really put it past Belichick to trade his own son away if the haul was sizeable enough in return?

Steve Belichick: “You wanted to see me, Coach? (he definitely calls his Dad “Coach”).”

Bill Belichick: “We’re letting you go, Steve. We just traded you for a 7th-round draft pick and a couple of practice squad guys; obviously, you understand I was doing what was best for the team. I wanted to thank you for all your work and hard effort, and uh, yeah, have a good life. Take care.”


Players The Patriots Could Potentially Acquire

There really isn’t much to address here, as the Patriots seldom make any of their trade inquiries or discussions public for the most part, and there’s not a lot to go on besides the obvious needs of the team from an analytical perspective. I consider the defense to be elite, and there are hardly any players on it I would consider a weak spot at this point. The offense is also fairly stacked in terms of skill position players. The most sensible spot for an upgrade on this team right now would definitely be the Offensive Line.

They’re not doing great, and with a few recent injuries, things looked pretty bad on Sunday in the trenches, with the Patriots allowing the Jets to record six sacks on Mac Jones. There are probably a few offensive linemen on the NFL trade market, but nobody to mention specifically. In fact, one of the only OLs mentioned during this year’s NFL trading period has been Isiah Wynn, who the Patriots have been looking to move on from.

Conclusion

The fun part about this time is that you never really know. With things around the NFL increasingly uncertain with each passing year and week, Bill Belichick may be forced to take drastic measures this time around with the trade deadline and make a flashy move at the last minute in an unexpected turn of events that would be extremely off-brand for Belichick. After all, he only recently surprised everybody with a flurry of high-profile, big-money acquisitions in free agency. Who’s to say he’s not willing to make an insane trade if he doesn’t think it’s the right move?

Nobody knows, and we won’t until the deadline hits at Four PM on November 1st.

GO PATS!

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