Since Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith won’t be needed in labor negotiations, he can concentrate on the business of the NFL Draft.
San Diego holds more chips than any other team in April’s draft other than the Patriots. Five of the top 89 picks belong to Smith, and the Chargers may be looking to move up with some of them.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune passes along word that the Patriots are interested in trading the No. 28 overall pick. (Their second pick in the first round.) The Chargers are reportedly aware of that interest, and find the idea “intriguing.”
“I don’t know,” Belichick said when asked if the pick was available. “We’ve traded them before. We haven’t traded them.”
The Chargers and Belichick have a history of trading together. Then again, Belichick has a history of trading with just about anyone on draft day. (Odd stat: Belichick and Andy Reid have made a draft trade in every season since Belichick joined the Patriots.)
It’s too early to pin down any draft trade rumors. But with dealmakers like the Chargers and Patriots having 11 of the first 92 picks of the draft, it’s safe to expect a lot of wheeling and dealing by both teams.