December 5, 2023


The Patriots did not transfer potential commerce chips like Josh Uche on Tuesday.

Invoice Belichick and the Patriots did not make any strikes on Tuesday. . (AP Picture/Wilfredo Lee)

Invoice Belichick and the Patriots aren’t placing a “For Sale” check in entrance of Gillette Stadium this fall.

Regardless of sitting on the backside of the AFC with a 2-6 document, the Patriots opted to face pat forward of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. NFL Commerce Deadline — selecting to carry onto an assortment of property that might have accelerated what’s trying like a prolonged rebuild in Foxborough.

Even when New England selected to not considerably overhaul its roster with a seismic deal corresponding to buying and selling Mac Jones, New England did have a number of pending free brokers who may have secured some further draft capital forward of what needs to be an eventful offseason. 

Youthful gamers in line for heftier paydays in Josh Uche, Kyle Dugger, and Mike Onwenu stood as viable commerce chips, particularly if New England was hesitant over being the crew answerable for doling out these bigger contracts.

However even different veterans who will not be a part of New England’s long-term plans like Ezekiel Elliott, Hunter Henry, Mike Gesicki and even Jalen Mills may have been shipped off for a number of draft picks.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the Patriots “listened” on offers involving these youthful gamers like Uche, Dugger, and Onwenu — whereas New England didn’t get “any calls” over Jones or Elliott. 

NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport added that it “doesn’t sound like something acquired shut” on potential offers involving the Patriots. 

In the end, the shortage of an acceptable return may need been the first sticking level for the Patriots on a number of potential commerce eventualities, particularly these involving their group of youthful gamers.

Contemplating that former second-overall choose Chase Younger solely went for a third-round choose in his swap from Washington to San Francisco on Tuesday, it appears unlikely {that a} gifted pass-rusher in Uche would have landed an analogous return. 

Even when New England wasn’t thrilled with the potential returns on commerce packages involving gamers like Uche and Dugger, the onus now falls on the Patriots to re-sign not less than a number of of those gamers — or else threat dropping them in free company in March. 

As noted by’s Zack Cox, the Patriots haven’t signed a participant they drafted within the first three rounds to a second contract since Duron Harmon (Third Spherical, 2013). 

Contemplating the Patriots are already trudging via what’s shaping to be a misplaced season, failing to re-sign any of those constructing blocks for the longer term (after not getting not less than one thing in return on the deadline) can be a tricky look within the coming months.

The Patriots will look to proper the ship on Sunday once they host the Washington Commanders in Week 9.