Report: Patriots will listen to offers for “almost anyone”

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a master of motivation. He may have found a new way to motivate his players.

Albert Breer of SI.com reported today that the Patriots will listen to trade offers for “almost anyone” on the roster.

First, almost any team would listen to offers for almost anyone on the roster, because only a small handful of players are truly untouchable when it comes to a trade. The Patriots currently have no such players who would be never on the market. So it’s not really necessary for any coach to make it known that few if any offers would be ignored.

Second, while the official trade deadline doesn’t arrive until Tuesday, the practical deadline has come and gone, as to any teams that hope to have their new players to fully participate in practice in advance of a  Week Nine debut. Other than the Browns, Bengals, Rams, and Eagles, each of whom have byes in Week Nine, every other team presumably would have done a deal by now, if they were going to do one.

So maybe Belichick is letting the word of a willingness to listen to offers for “almost anyone” to ensure that he sends a message to everyone that what has happened this year is unacceptable. While some may welcome an opportunity to join a contender, most Patriots players have been indoctrinated into the Patriot Way, and they’d potentially respond to the message that the coach is willing to dump any, some, or all of them by stepping it up.

Coincidentally or not, Breer’s article opens with the extended tale of how a 2019 deadline deal for receiver Mohamed Sanu, shipped from the lowly Falcons to the contending Patriots, completely derailed his career. The morale of the story is that getting traded may not be a good thing, and the Patriots quite possibly are using the threat of a trade between Sunday and Tuesday as a way to get the absolute maximum from their current players given that a critical game is coming up on Sunday in Buffalo.

25 responses to “Report: Patriots will listen to offers for “almost anyone”

  1. I’m sorry but let’s be painfully honest. How many guys on that Patriots team would be worth trading for? They have an average, at best, roster and most of their good players are old.

  2. I think the eagles will make 2 deals. One for a linebacker and one for olinemen. The patriots have 2 guards that may be to expensive but would be nice to have.

  3. I can’t get over the amount of ego and pride it took to let Brady feel left out, unwanted and just walk out. After two decades it’s normal to have some friction but you don’t push out the best qb in the history of the league with absolutely no plan B whatsoever. It has to be a Montana/Young situation or a Favre/Rodgers, not effing Sitdham. I always thought when they got to the last few years of ¨the window¨ they’d go all out and load up via trades, free agency and being aggressive in the draft and just give Brady the tools he never had (and never complained about not having) to go out with a bang. Now, if they really thought he was done, when even a casual fan could see the design of the offense was garbage and every wideout except Edelman – who nontheless played like crap all year – couldn’t make the roster at LSU, now that would be laughable. If they had sat down like men, Gronk comes back, they move up to get Cee Dee Lamb, make a deal with O’brien for Hokpkins, keep the defense going and in that division make the AFC go through Foxborough for the next three years. I mean, come on. Again, for Sitdham?

  4. The truth is that the “Patriot Way” died when BB made his own ego more important then the team when he benched Butler in the SB. He squandered the best game a QB ever played in a SB. The team stayed together after that because of Brady. Not that he is gone, Bill has lost the team. The Patriots are now rudderless. Can Bill pull it together? Perhaps. But losing the the Bills this weekend would make it very difficult to salvage the season.

  5. Any team would at least listen to an offer. It does seem like Belichick is trying to motivate the team who gave a lackluster effort last game. And with Sanu, he had a great first game and then hurt his ankle second game with the Patriots and then tried to play through it and was never right again, it’s more unfortunate than being “derailed by trade”. It was derailed by an injury that could have happened in atlanta too.

  6. ” . . . just give Brady the tools he never had (and never complained about not having) . . .”
    ——————
    Just because he didn’t complain publicly doesn’t mean he didn’t cry incessantly to Belichick and Kraft about things he didn’t like. It is quite possible he made himself unwelcome.

  7. maumontav5 says:
    October 29, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    I always thought when they got to the last few years of ¨the window¨ they’d go all out and load up via trades, free agency and being aggressive in the draft and just give Brady the tools he never had (and never complained about not having) to go out with a bang.
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    That’s what the Giants tried to do – it was a terrible failure. And before you pronounce this a disaster, and Brady a huge success in Tampa, don’t we have to see how it plays out? If Brady and the Bucs get bounced in the wildcard round will you still feel this way?

  8. Kurt Laughlin says:
    October 29, 2020 at 9:38 pm
    ” . . . just give Brady the tools he never had (and never complained about not having) . . .”
    ——————
    Just because he didn’t complain publicly doesn’t mean he didn’t cry incessantly to Belichick and Kraft about things he didn’t like. It is quite possible he made himself unwelcome.

    1 1

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    Bingo.

  9. How many guys on that Patriots team would be worth trading for? They have an average, at best, roster and most of their good players are old.

    +++++

    Good old players are exactly the type of players a contender would trade for. Right?

  10. Even if the pats pick up a bunch of draft picks, what are they going to do with them? For all the great moves Belicheck made as a GM in the first 10 years with the Pats, it’s apparent he’s let his dog make the picks in the last several drafts.

  11. I was told that BB is the greatest GM in sports history. Now that I’ve discovered that it isn’t true, I feel cheated.

  12. Whatever happens it was a nice 20 year run. I bet every franchise wishes they had this success. You will probably never see it again.
    We suck again!

  13. I wouldn’t mind a trade or 2 for the future. There is a good core to build from. This team has no resemblance of a playoff contender.
    I consider the o-line above average. The running backs are good and deep, and not expensive. The secondary, sans Gilmore, would still be quite strong.
    The glaring holes are at QB and WR. Oppositions do not fear the Patriots throwing the ball. They will blatantly dare them to throw it. Cam has no accuracy and the receivers can’t provide any separation. A poor combination.
    I would be really pleased if they could get a third rounder for Thuney and thrilled if Gilmore could land a first.
    There will be some outstanding talent in the free agency market. The QB market should be interesting.

  14. Now is the time to trade BB while some think he’s still valuable. Yeah, I know, he’s fools gold without Brady, but some are unaware and would give up enough draft picks so the team can get in on the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Wake up Mr. Kraft and don’t make 2 big mistakes. Remember, when you have a great quarterback, anyone can coach, but if you don’t have a great quarterback, no one can coach successfully

  15. maumontav5 says:

    October 29, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    I can’t get over the amount of ego and pride it took to let Brady feel left out, unwanted and just walk out. After two decades it’s normal to have some friction but you don’t push out the best qb in the history of the league with absolutely no plan B whatsoever. It has to be a Montana/Young situation or a Favre/Rodgers, not effing Sitdham. I always thought when they got to the last few years of ¨the window¨ they’d go all out and load up via trades, free agency and being aggressive in the draft and just give Brady the tools he never had (and never complained about not having) to go out with a bang. Now, if they really thought he was done, when even a casual fan could see the design of the offense was garbage and every wideout except Edelman – who nontheless played like crap all year – couldn’t make the roster at LSU, now that would be laughable. If they had sat down like men, Gronk comes back, they move up to get Cee Dee Lamb, make a deal with O’brien for Hokpkins, keep the defense going and in that division make the AFC go through Foxborough for the next three years. I mean, come on. Again, for Sitdham?

    They had the replacement in jimmy, but tommy cried and they shipped him out

  16. One of the best teams in the NFL with Tom Brady… Week 8 sellers without him. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is not a playoff team with Winston and the best team in the NFL in DVOA with Brady.

    Hmmm…. it looks like Brady is the GOAT and BB is a goat.

  17. carloswlassiter says:
    October 29, 2020 at 9:40 pm
    maumontav5 says:
    October 29, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    I always thought when they got to the last few years of ¨the window¨ they’d go all out and load up via trades, free agency and being aggressive in the draft and just give Brady the tools he never had (and never complained about not having) to go out with a bang.
    —————————————————————————-
    That’s what the Giants tried to do – it was a terrible failure. And before you pronounce this a disaster, and Brady a huge success in Tampa, don’t we have to see how it plays out? If Brady and the Bucs get bounced in the wildcard round will you still feel this way?
    —————————————————————————————
    Brady is one of the players being mentioned for possible league MVP. He is about to take a team to the playoffs that went 7-9 last season. Even if the Bucs go one and out in the playoffs, it will be more than the Patriots do this season. Need me to mention how many passing TDs Brady has this season vs all the QBs on the Patriots roster?

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