Patriots do not make deadline-day trade, go into second half of season as is

Ryan Hannable
October 29, 2019 - 4:06 pm

The NFL trade deadline has passed and the Patriots did not make a move.

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It was really a very quiet day around the league, as only one trade took place -- Aqib Talib going to Miami.

There were quite a few trades over the last week, including the Patriots getting Mohamed Sanu in a deal with Atlanta. It could be said the real deadline moves were made dating back to last Tuesday as teams did not wait until the final day.

Relating to the Patriots, they were limited with what they could do Tuesday by their salary cap, as they only have $2.8 million in cap space.

“The answer is it would definitely affect us,” Bill Belichick said on a conference call. “We can’t…we wouldn’t have enough cap space right now to just go out and acquire any player that was available regardless of what the price was in terms of compensation, we’d have to fit him under our cap. There are some players we couldn’t, we just wouldn’t be able to do that with. And you can’t, you really can’t change the contract. I mean that wouldn’t happen until tomorrow. So it would have had to already been done previously. So if the team knew they were going to trade a player and wanted to change his contract to make him a more attractive in the trade, that really would to have already been done.

"So as it stands today you’d have to have enough salary cap space, any team would have to have enough salary cap space, to acquire the new player. If you didn’t then you’d have to release a player to pick that up. There’s certainly a lot of limitations on releasing players, especially vested players and so forth, where you really don’t gain much cap space from those kind of transactions. So it’s a factor.”

It is also worth noting the Patriots have the potential of N'Keal Harry returning this week and Isaiah Wynn Nov. 24, so those players coming off IR could be looked at the same as a trade deadline addition.

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