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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.
“With the Patriots, these trade discussions are a strong indication they’ve found conviction in at least one of those top QBs, and word is they think highly of Justin Fields – highly enough that they’ve even spoken with the Falcons about the fourth pick.”https://t.co/sQhixRjetm— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 28, 2021
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.