The NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching. The buzzer sounds at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Head coach Bill Belichick has already completed two trades this week. On Tuesday, Belichick completed two trades in advance of the Nov. 1 trade deadline at 4 p.m. New England sent a sixth-round pick to the Detroit Lions for linebacker Kyle Van Noy and a seventh-round pick while also dealing AJ Derby to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
Here are five other players the Patriots should consider dealing.
1) Jimmy Garoppolo
This just makes too much sense. The young Patriots quarterback is up for a new contract following the 2017 season, and it doesn’t appear like Tom Brady will be ready to give up the reigns just yet. With rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett also showing solid promise earlier in the year, the Patriots can afford to sacrifice quarterback depth to improve in other areas.
2) Jamie Collins/Dont’a Hightower
Both young linebackers have performed very well this season. However, there’s only one franchise tag for the two pending free agents and rookie linebacker Elandon Roberts has been very impressive early in the season. The Patriots have a history of proactively solving these problems. New England could likely fetch a third-round pick for either player.
3) James White
White is 6th in the league in running back receiving yards with 244 and is Pro Football Focus’ top-rated pass-catching back in the NFL He’s tied with Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick for the lead league in receiving touchdowns by running backs with 3. White turned a short dump-off pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter of Week 7 into a 19-yard touchdown catch and run. Only David Johnson has compiled more yards after catch than White this season. But with Dion Lewis on the mend, perhaps New England could flip White for some much-needed pass-rushing help on defense.
4) Julian Edelman
Edelman caught a season-high 9 passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7, yet he’s only topped 70 receiving yards once this season. He simply doesn’t look to possess the same burst he previously had before undergoing two surgeries to repair his left foot he injured last season. Edelman is already 30 years old as well. His best days are likely behind him, while his name might still be able to net a positive return.
5) Logan Ryan
Ryan’s only 25, with plenty of time to continue to develop into a solid, longterm starting option at cornerback opposite Malcolm Butler. But the Patriots do appear to have some newfound depth at cornerback with the young Eric Rowe and rookie Cyrus Jones—although Jones has been inactive the last two weeks after getting ejected in Week 5. New England should not set out to trade him by any means, but they should be willing to listen.