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Rumors of Pats trading up might be significant

Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 4:17 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

There are multiple reports that the New England Patriots have talked with the Cleveland Browns about possibly trading up to the No. 6 overall pick. Given that these reports are coming out on Draft Day, it’s entirely possible that either the Patriots or Browns themselves are spreading the rumors (more likely the Browns, as they have a lot more to gain from the whispers).

Reporting rumors like these on Draft Day is almost fruitless given the plethora of false information out there and the fact that – HELLO – all this hoopla will be settled by the end of the night.

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But in the Patriots’ case, it’s interesting because of Robert Kraft’s role in the labor negotiations. The Patriots historically have avoided picks in the early part of the first round because they disdain the financial burden that comes with signing those players. But a rookie wage scale figures to be part of the next CBA, which would make early first-rounders more affordable.

Kraft is as dialed in as anyone on the labor situation. If his team is trading up the first round, that would be a strong indication that he truly believes a new CBA can be hammered out sometime this year. If the Patriots continue to avoid early first-round picks, perhaps that’s an indication that Kraft believes a CBA isn’t on the way until next year.

Given the drama that’s unfolded this week, it seems unimaginable that a new CBA will be reached anytime in 2011. But that’s just the momentum of the drama speaking. At some point, the owners will catch their breath and realize that in order to preserve their league, they’ll have to bargain with the NFLPA.

UPDATE 4:17 p.m. EST: ESPN's Chris Mortensen says the Patriots are looking to trade up to the Cowboys' spot at No. 9 and draft Cal's Cam Jordan.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Rumors of Pats trading up might be significant

UPDATE 4:17 p.m. EST: says the Patriots are looking to trade up to the ' spot at No. 9 and draft Cal's Cam Jordan.


They must have realized that Mangini is no longer in Cleveland, and they won't be able to trick him into trading picks and a bunch of journeymen for the #6 pick.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Rumors of Pats trading up might be significant




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Rumors of Pats trading up might be significant

If the Patriots do trade up, it wouldn't be 2 firsts and a second. The 17 and two seconds on the chart works out to about 4th overall. No way the Patriots would consider giving up that much more than they need to. I could see moving up with those 3 picks around 4-5-6, then trading down a little with their own 1st and picking another pick back up. But no way they give up both of their firsts for it and the 33 for it.



Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Rumors of Pats trading up might be significant

According to the draft point scale (which you may or may not hold stock in)...the first 2 NE picks are equivalent to the #6 pick...and NE would have to throw in the 33 pick as extra compensation because no one the Browns want will be available at #17.  It's not likely no doubt. Chances are the Brown if they trade will be with someone earlier in the draft and NE will be trading with someone trying to move back into the first round for much needed additional picks next year. That fits the status quo.



Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Rumors of Pats trading up might be significant

New England ususally doesn't pick in the first half of the draft because they are always in the playoffs and it takes a lot to move up. Duh!


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