Connecting the dots for a possible Patriots-Chargers trade

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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.

42 responses to “Connecting the dots for a possible Patriots-Chargers trade

  1. Because this draft class is more front end loaded with talent than deep, teams with extra picks are in a stronger position than ever to trade up with teams that have multiple needs – especially since there almost certainly won’t be a free agent signing period prior to the draft.

  2. Patriots having 11 of the first
    92 picks of the draft,
    *********************************
    YOU BETTER CHECK YOUR FACTS

  3. “…it’s safe to expect a lot of wheeling and dealing by both teams.”

    We all know what ASSUME stands for…

  4. st Round – #17 (OAK – Richard Seymour)
    1st Round – #28
    2nd Round – #33 (CAR – 2010 3rd Round)
    2nd Round – #60
    3rd Round – #74 (MIN – Randy Moss)
    3rd Round – #92

    6 PICKS not 11 in the first 92 picks

  5. Awesome! AJ Smith is a great business man. Knowing him, he’ll trade all of SD’s 2nd & 3rd RD’ picks to NE for the 28th overall. What a great idea! The guy never over-compensates for what he wants. NEVER!

  6. When will the other teams in the league learn that Bill Belichick doesn’t make bad deals for himself…..stop trading draft picks with the Patriots! – signed, a fan of a different team in the AFC East

  7. You guys suck at reading – the Patriots and the Chargers have 11 picks… *COMBINED*. The Pats have 6 and the Chargers have 5.

  8. So the dots you connected are that both teams have extra picks in this year’s draft and that they have a history of trading picks under these circumstances? That’s impressive reporting.

    Is there an article quota you have to hit every day?

  9. miamiron says: Mar 23, 2011 3:30 PM

    st Round – #17 (OAK – Richard Seymour)
    1st Round – #28
    2nd Round – #33 (CAR – 2010 3rd Round)
    2nd Round – #60
    3rd Round – #74 (MIN – Randy Moss)
    3rd Round – #92

    6 PICKS not 11 in the first 92 picks

    ***************

    Is English your second language?

  10. Hey miamiron you might want to check your EYES
    **************************
    “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.”

    As in the pats and chargers COMBINE for 11 picks.

    Your Menca invitation is the mail, bro.

  11. Good thing I keep risking getting in trouble at work by logging onto PFT for in-depth / behind the scenes reporting like this.

  12. miamiron says: Mar 23, 2011 3:27 PM

    Patriots having 11 of the first
    92 picks of the draft,
    *********************************
    YOU BETTER CHECK YOUR FACTS

    miamiron says: Mar 23, 2011 3:30 PM

    st Round – #17 (OAK – Richard Seymour)
    1st Round – #28
    2nd Round – #33 (CAR – 2010 3rd Round)
    2nd Round – #60
    3rd Round – #74 (MIN – Randy Moss)
    3rd Round – #92

    6 PICKS not 11 in the first 92 picks

    —————————————

    Wow

    The article said “the Chargers AND Patriots having 11 of the first 92 picks of the draft” as in, combined they have 11 picks. Not that the Patriots alone have 11 picks.

    The article also says “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”

    What is 6+5?

  13. Not once but TWICE does miamiron post without reading the article.

    Brilliant !

    See that “No child left behind” is working well in Miami.

  14. miamiron says: Mar 23, 2011 3:30 PM

    st Round – #17 (OAK – Richard Seymour)
    1st Round – #28
    2nd Round – #33 (CAR – 2010 3rd Round)
    2nd Round – #60
    3rd Round – #74 (MIN – Randy Moss)
    3rd Round – #92

    6 PICKS not 11 in the first 92 picks

    and

    miamiron says: Mar 23, 2011 3:27 PM

    Patriots having 11 of the first
    92 picks of the draft,
    *********************************
    YOU BETTER CHECK YOUR FACTS
    —————————————————

    I believe they DID check their facts (unlike you).
    Open your eyes and reread what was written…The Patriots AND the Chargers have 11 of the first 92 picks….not the Patriots.
    You just look silly when you make a post twice that is incorrect BOTH times

  15. I think Ggregg was referring to the Chargers and Pats combined…. simple math really…

  16. This article is pretty pedestrian, but seeing miamiron getting skewered is actually kind of interesting

  17. So, the Patriots and Chargers might make a trade….

    or, they might not.

    So glad I read this post.

  18. Regardless of who holds more power with draft picks (SD or NE) you have to give it up to the Patriots. They always build such a massive collection of picks with little effort year after year.

  19. jpmelon says: Mar 23, 2011 3:40 PM

    When will the other teams in the league learn that Bill Belichick doesn’t make bad deals for himself…..stop trading draft picks with the Patriots! – signed, a fan of a different team in the AFC East

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    I hope the Packers keep trading with the Patriots. The last two draft trades they made netted the Packers Greg Jennings and Clay Matthews.

  20. dobolina says:
    Mar 23, 2011 4:33 PM

    “I hope the Packers keep trading with the Patriots. The last two draft trades they made netted the Packers Greg Jennings and Clay Matthews.”
    _______________________________

    The Clay Matthews trade netted the Pats (when all the wheeling and dealing with other teams was done) Darius Butler, Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

    The Pats traded up into the 36th spot in 2006 and out of the spot where Jennings was taken (second round, 52d overall) to get Chad Jackson, a major bust. But remember also that in that same draft the Pack took AJ Hawk at number 5. I bet they’d like a mulligan on that pick. If anything the top of the draft is a crap shoot. The value is in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

  21. Remember when PFT said the Steelers were going to trade Roethlisberger?

    It really is astonishing how little the staff of this site knows about, um, football.

  22. laughing @ backinblack’s comment and laughing even harder @ miamiron. the comments alone made the article worth reading. nice job miamiron

  23. Thanks to miamiron for making this worthwhile. BTW, for those whining about how horrible it is to read football posts and how little they know please start your own site and shaddap for a change.

  24. I think the Pats stay where they are at 17, 28 and 33 and fill the holes as the draft falls to them.
    Billy has another 2nd rounder plus 2 third rounders that he can use as trade up bait or some trades into next year.

    The Chargers will,,,,,well it doesn’t really matter who the Chargers will draft, now will it?

  25. @profootballwalk – English is my second language dip stick! is it yours too? miamiron’s comprehension issues have nothing to do with language. bet I could teach you how to spell and write if you need some lessons. now go back to your mom’s basement smart guy.

  26. “Ralphie says: Mar 23, 2011 4:59 PM

    dobolina says:
    Mar 23, 2011 4:33 PM

    “I hope the Packers keep trading with the Patriots. The last two draft trades they made netted the Packers Greg Jennings and Clay Matthews.”
    _______________________________

    The Clay Matthews trade netted the Pats (when all the wheeling and dealing with other teams was done) Darius Butler, Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

    The Pats traded up into the 36th spot in 2006 and out of the spot where Jennings was taken (second round, 52d overall) to get Chad Jackson, a major bust. But remember also that in that same draft the Pack took AJ Hawk at number 5. I bet they’d like a mulligan on that pick. If anything the top of the draft is a crap shoot. The value is in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.”

    As a Patriots fan, I would gladly trade all those guys for Clay Mathews. Gronk is the only one worth spit anyway.

    And the Pack taking Hawk has nothing to do with the trades with New England.

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