New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has developed quite the reputation over the years for completing numerous trades amidst a NFL landscape that infrequently sees teams swap players.
In early September, the Patriots traded a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for cornerback Eric Rowe, a former 2015 second-round pick out of Utah.
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.
The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer then hypothesized the Patriots would be open to accepting trade calls on linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower on Thursday.
But it appears the Patriots’ wheeling and dealing might come to a close for the 2016 season.
On adding Van Noy, Belichick said: “It’s one of those things that came up fairly quickly and just worked out. It wasn’t something we had talked about or anything like that previously. As I said, it kind of came up so we were able to work it out.”
New England has been linked to both Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas and San Francisco 49ers lineman Joe Staley.