December 5, 2023


“Yeah, I want to be again. I have been right here and loved my 4 years up to now.”

Mike Onwenu. AP Photograph/Winslow Townson
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Mike Onwenu was one of many names regularly talked about as a commerce chance for the Patriots earlier than the commerce deadline.

Some, together with MassLive’s Mark Daniels, have known as Onwenu New England’s greatest offensive lineman. He’s performed guard prior to now, however his transfer to proper sort out has made a direct impression for New England in latest weeks.

His contract is up on the finish of the yr, and a few speculated whether or not it might be higher for the Patriots to commerce him and get some belongings as an alternative of letting him stroll in free company like Jakobi Meyers did final yr.

Nonetheless, the Patriots stood pat on the commerce deadline and Onwenu made it clear to Daniels that he desires to remain in New England.

“Yeah, I want to be again,” Onwenu advised MassLive. “I’ve been right here and loved my 4 years up to now. I can solely see higher issues forward.”

Daniels experiences that Onwenu heard the commerce rumors and tried to disregard them. He spent Tuesday’s commerce deadline at Gillette Stadium so he might hear the information from the staff first if something occurred.

“I got here in right here. I obtained some remedy, so I used to be wanting folks within the eyes,” Onwenu mentioned. “In the event that they had been going to say one thing, they had been going to say one thing.”

Tuesday was the primary time in Onwenu’s profession that he felt “nervous” that he could be traded, in accordance with Daniels. Some groups choose to get energetic on the commerce deadline when their document is sitting at 2-6. Invoice Belichick’s strategy was completely different.

“I attempted not to consider it, however clearly it’s a type of deadlines the place you begin to consider it,” Onwenu mentioned. “And, it simply occurs to fall on our off day so that you’re simply ready round and searching. I’ve recognized a bunch of individuals in these conditions. I haven’t. It positively was a type of issues the place you need to belief God and on the finish of the day you’ll be able to’t do something about it.”