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Trade Winds Blow in NE

Posted by Radatz on March 10, 2017 at 9:20 PM


Things looked far from certain for the Champs in weeks leading up to the start of free agency. They had too many contracts expiring, especially on defense, to assume the same group or even something resembling it would return. Some big names were involved.


Now two days in, uncertainties continue but they appear to have anticipated any carnage to this point. The news:


Colt TE Dwayne Allen was acquired for a 6th-round pick.


Bills DB Stephon Gilmore was obtained via free agency.


Panther DE Kony Ealy (plus a 3rd-round pick) was procured for NE's 2nd-round pick.


Saints WR Brandin Cooks (plus a 4th-rounder) was acquired for NE's 1st round pick plus a 3rd rounder.


So with everyone wondering about Garoppolo (who now asserts that his goodbye tweet was the result of a hack) and assuming that, with the arrival of Gilmore, Malcolm Butler would be traded for Cooks, both remain (so far) with the Patriots.


They also re-signed DT Alan Branch and S Duron Harmon. LB Hightower remains a FA, but supposedly with the 'lines open' to Foxboro. As for Butler, he has yet to sign his tender but likely will do so. Speculation is that he may still be traded. TE Bennett has gone to GB. DE Sheard is in Indy. DB Logan Ryan is in Tennessee. They threw good money at Gilmore but should still be way under the cap.


So the team that has spent many offseasons quietly locking up veterans has instead made something of a splash in its first two days. The wheels are turning in Foxboro it seems now.

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Reply the immortal scurds
9:50 PM on March 10, 2017 
cooks has got to be ecstatic. just like allen. who is out wr wise? hogan and floyd?
the rams couldnt have used cooks and allen.not at all.sheesh. pats are already loaded for bear and they havent even drafted yet.
Reply Radatz
9:54 PM on March 10, 2017 
I think Floyd may be out. Not Hogan. I wonder about Amendola. Hate to lose him even if he only plays in the SB! Wonder if they keep 'em all somehow?

With Williams back and signed off the IR and Lengel still there, they now have 4 tight ends too. Plus Williams can play OT.

What do you think of Gilmore?
Reply vapor5
6:23 AM on March 11, 2017 
ticked off we gave Cooks and didn't get Defense.
Reply the immortal scurds
9:40 AM on March 11, 2017 
i dont know much about gilmore. imo the pats need some help at lb. the falcs exposed the 2nd level of ne defense in that game i believe.
Reply the immortal scurds
9:41 AM on March 11, 2017 
vapor5 says...
ticked off we gave Cooks and didn't get Defense.

yeah, im surprised too. big downgrade on offense and no uptick on defense is not an improvement.. alot of wrk to do on norlins
Reply Radatz
11:55 AM on March 11, 2017 
Some nitwit at E**N claims NO got the better of the deal. Anyway, guess NO figured Cooks wanted out and got what they could. Word is Butler could still end up there, but the word on everything about NE has been wrong so far. Predicting what they'll do is like predicting the weather. Payton and BB are friends; maybe it's part of some ongoing deal?
Reply Ferociousjane
1:34 PM on March 11, 2017 
Reply Radatz
8:55 PM on March 11, 2017 
Wake up Jane! NE (reportedly of course) just signed Lawrence Guy off the BAL D-line!
Reply Ferociousjane
9:51 PM on March 11, 2017 
You will have to pinch me.