In the New England Patriots’ 35-17 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6, Dont’a Hightower recorded his second straight safety en route to AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
New England’s defense ranks fourth in the NFL in points allowed per game this season, much in part to the team’s overall stellar play at linebacker and in the secondary.
However, the Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer reports New England would entertain trading either of Hightower and linebacker Jamie Collins should an offer strike its fancy.
“Before anyone in New England freaks out, this is NOT to say either is on the block,“ Breer writes. “It is to say that another team should ask, since there’s only one franchise tag for the two pending free agents, rookie Elandon Roberts has impressed, and the Patriots like to get in front of those sorts of problems. It’d likely cost more than the third-round pick either player would fetch in the compensatory formula.”
Bill Belichick has indeed historically been very proactive on the trade front.