Report: Patriots, Buccaneers bidding for Trent Murphy

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Linebacker Trent Murphy is one of the rapidly dwindling number of players on our Top 100 free agent list that has yet to agree to a deal this week, but he’s generating interest ahead of the official start of free agency on Wednesday afternoon.

Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports that the Patriots and Buccaneers are both among the final three teams bidding for Murphy’s services. The third team is unnamed, but a report on Sunday had the Redskins trying to hold onto the player they picked in the second round of the 2014 draft.

Murphy missed all of last season after tearing his ACL, but he showed good pass rushing ability in his first three seasons. Murphy had 15.5 sacks over those campaigns, culminating in a nine-sack 2016 season.

The Buccaneers ranked last in the league in sacks last season, so the need for help in that area is obvious. The Patriots were in the middle of the pack, but their late-season addition of James Harrison illustrates the constant need to find ways to create pressure off the edge.

15 responses to “Report: Patriots, Buccaneers bidding for Trent Murphy

  1. Well, if it’s an outright bidding war, the Bucs will win as they have all the cap space and the Patriots never get into bidding wars; they prefer to sell “The Patriot Way”.

    I don’t blame New England; they get a lot players–including one of the greatest QBs in NFL history–to play for less than their market value. But it’s not going to work on everyone.

  2. Another homegrown starting or starting caliber player gone from Washington this offseason, joining Kirk Cousins, Kendall Fuller, Bashaud Breeland, Spencer Long and Ryan Grant, not to mention a third round pick. Zach Brown is likely soon gone as well.

    In their place: Alex Smith and Paul Richardson, with a Rodgers-Cromartie visit. Not looking good.

  3. Would be a good signing for the Pats. Seems like a no brainer if you’re Murphy. If he chooses no income tax and TB, then he’s clearly not a winner and I don’t want him anyway.

  4. Would be a good signing for the Pats. Seems like a no brainer if you’re Murphy. If he chooses no income tax and TB, then he’s clearly not a winner and I don’t want him anyway.

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    Another meat head would fit in well.

  5. Would be a good signing for the Pats. Seems like a no brainer if you’re Murphy. If he chooses no income tax and TB, then he’s clearly not a winner and I don’t want him anyway.

    OR, he could be of the opinion that the Belichick/Brady era is nearly over and that the Pats have won their last Super Bowl for a long while as they rebuild. That’s not exactly a reach, you know.

  6. omeimontis says:
    March 14, 2018 at 12:12 pm
    There is a risky but dirt cheap option right now, and his name is Aldon Smith. THe risk is an indefinite suspension by the NFL.
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    I have about the same upside to an NFL team as Aldon Smith right now. I also probably have a greater chance of being signed.

  7. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    March 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm
    Would be a good signing for the Pats. Seems like a no brainer if you’re Murphy. If he chooses no income tax and TB, then he’s clearly not a winner and I don’t want him anyway.

    OR, he could be of the opinion that the Belichick/Brady era is nearly over and that the Pats have won their last Super Bowl for a long while as they rebuild. That’s not exactly a reach, you know

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    You don’t rebuild while the league MVP is your quarterback. No one would. You maximize the window without overpaying for average talent. With all due respect, Butler was average and Solder was slightly above average. The Solder loss hurts more because of the position, but look for the Pats to be in the AFC championship again because the greatest qb and coach are still at the helm.

  8. Pats still in a weak division, in a weak conference that will likely retain people who have learned how to win big, often!

    or

    Tampa where your likely to never sniff the playoffs until they get a HC, OC and NFL level qb to make it even remotely possible…

    So comes down to money or winning culture

  9. tyelee says:
    March 14, 2018 at 4:29 pm

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    So comes down to money or winning culture
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    Ahhhh no. He signed with the Bills

  10. Players look for one of two things, money or wining. Some sign for the money, others sign for a chance to win a SB, while some get lucky and get a Lil of both. New England isn’t good enough anymore. Good enough to beat a weak division ( not their fought) but not e enough to win it all. We will see what a player wants when we see where he goes and why. Kirk cousins just signed an elite contract while being a slightly above average player. Unless he takes the Vikings further than keenum did people are going to say he’s a bust. It’s a no win situation but the money was great!
    If he gets hurt bad the Vikings are done for 3 years.

  11. snyper94z28r says:

    March 14, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Players look for one of two things, money or wining. Some sign for the money, others sign for a chance to win a SB, while some get lucky and get a Lil of both. New England isn’t good enough anymore. Good enough to beat a weak division ( not their fought) but not e enough to win it all. We will see what a player wants when we see where he goes and why. Kirk cousins just signed an elite contract while being a slightly above average player. Unless he takes the Vikings further than keenum did people are going to say he’s a bust. It’s a no win situation but the money was great!
    If he gets hurt bad the Vikings are done for 3 years.
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    I wouldn’t write the Pats off just yet.. We’ve done that plenty of times (every time KC beats them). lol

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