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Can New England Swing A Deal With Atlanta To Get Justin Fields?

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The Patriots and Falcons have discussed a trade that would send Atlanta’s No. 4 pick to New England, according to NBC Sports Boston. Bill Belichick recently turned 69 years old, and he knows he won’t have many more opportunities to win another Super Bowl. He and the team then spent like crazy this offseason, so an aggressive trade to land Justin Fields in tomorrow night’s draft just fits the bill. (Get it?)

Whether Fields is worth that type of aggressiveness is another story, but there’s a decent shot this move happens.

The Athletic’s Jeff Howe reported on talks between the teams this morning:

“After numerous conversations with sources around the league, it’s clear the Patriots are still candidates to move up into the top 10 picks of the draft, and that’s hardly the only drama surrounding the well-hyped class of quarterbacks,” Howe wrote.

“Specifically with the Patriots, these trade discussions are a strong indication they’ve found conviction in at least one of those top quarterbacks, and word is they think highly of Ohio State’s Justin Fields — highly enough that they’ve even spoken with the Atlanta Falcons about the fourth pick.”

When have the Pats ever worked this way?

Can anyone remember the last time the New England Patriots showed their hand ahead of a move? They drafted the greatest quarterback to ever live out the sixth round while everyone else ignored him, and they pluck misfits from other organizations and turn them into value in Foxborough.

Now suddenly Bill Belichick is going public with his desire for Justin Fields? It just seems counter-productive for the Patriots to drive up Atlanta’s asking price by showing too much interest. It’s possible, however, that the Patriots are distracting NFL fans and front offices once again to grab another gem.

They may also be capitalizing on the sudden urge from the San Francisco 49ers to take Mac Jones with their pick tomorrow night. It’s going to be mayhem, and we can’t wait.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. Gary Jr.: “They drafted the greatest quarterback to ever live out the sixth round while everyone else ignored him, and they pluck misfits from other organizations and turn them into value in Foxborough.”

    Hold on there, Young Sheff…Belichick deserves ZERO CREDIT for drafting Tom Brady. He was slotted in as a backup for Drew Bledsoe, and he was ignored, too, and by NE. He wasn’t on Belichick’s draft board and they didn’t all cheer in the NE Pats war room when he was still available at #199…c’mon man…c’mon Gary!!!
    And Brady created his own opportunity just like he did at Michigan. Nobody gave him squat. Any wonder he still has that chip and is the GOAT.

    Six QBs drafted before Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft:
    Chad Pennington (18th pick/Rd 1) – 11 seasons in the NFL
    Giovanni Carmazzi (65th pick/Rd 3) – never played a down in the NFL
    Chris Redman (75th pick/Rd 3) – started 12 games
    Tee Martin (163rd pick/Rd 5) – played 3 games in the NFL and 2 seasons in the CFL
    Marc Bulger (168th pick/Rd 6) – 9 seasons in the NFL
    Spergon Wynn (183rd pick/Rd 6) – 3 seasons; started 3 games

    Giovanni Carmazzi…say whut??? And people wonder why Brady is still so driven…lmao.

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