Since the New League year started on Thursday, many crazy trades have happened, and its only been 3 days! The Patriots have, as always, been in the center of it all. To begin with, the picture above spoils one of the biggest trades for the Patriots. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks was traded from the Saints to the Patriots, in exchange for a 1st round pick and 3rd round pick in the upcoming draft. Nobody saw this coming. A first round pick is a high price to pay, but undoubtedly it’ll work out for the Greatest Coach of All time: Bill Belichick. Furthermore, this trade was a win-win, because the Patriots did not have to part with their Star Cornerback, Malcolm Butler. Cooks has put up good numbers in his last two seasons, and is looking to prove himself great with yet another elite quarterback at the wheel.
Unfortunately, Martellus Bennett signed with the Green Bay Packers, ending the hope of a 1-2 Tight End threat in New ENgland. However, Belichick was ready for that, and as soon as Bennett departed, he signed Colts Tight End Dwayne Allen. New England also made sure to pick up a few veterans, including Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who is one of the best available cornerbacks. This signing prepared the defensive backfield for the departure of cornerback Logan Ryan (who later left to Tennessee).
Despite all these roster changes, the Patriots still have plenty of cap space, to resign Dont’a Hightower and Malcolm Butler, two very spectacular defensive players. Despite the amount and quantity of deals he may receive, Belichick is reluctant to trade away backup Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Bill sees this future star as the best insurance for Tom Brady, meaning in case he gets injured or retires. He is not confident in handing the team to Second year Jacoby Brissett. Many teams, such as the Browns and the Texans, are looking for ways to obtain Jimmy.
However, the Browns did pull the craziest trade of the offseason, so far. The Browns, received Brock Osweiler and a second round pick from the Texans. The Texans were looking for the first possibility to trade away Osweiler after being a huge bust and taking up so much cap space. The browns have plenty of Cap Space, and received a second round pick as a thank you gift. Amongst all this madness, one thing remains for certain, the Patriots may stuff the trophy case, but is never satisfied.