Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Patriots Make the Only Trade in the NFL before the Deadline, For Another Tub of Goo
There might as well not even be an NFL Trade Deadline since so few teams pay attention to it. I pity the poor writers who have to cover it, forcing them to just guess what might happen: "sure, Tony Gonzalez and Jared Allen will be traded." I guess it's fitting that New England has made deals in consecutive years and today they were the only team to make a move: they traded a fifth-round pick in 2014 to the Eagles for defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a sixth-round draft pick in 2014.
From as far as I know, Sopoaga isn't the second coming of Warren Sapp but the Pats can still use him just the same. With no Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly the last few weeks, New England's normally reliable run defense has been conquered by mediocre running backs like Chris Ivory and Lamar Miller running up the middle more than usual against the depleted defensive line not to mention no Jarod Mayo either. You can only count on undrafted rookies for so long before eventually they wear down or become in over their heads. Chris Jones has been awesome while Joe Vellano hasn't done nearly as much.
At 32, Sopoaga is playing on his third team (49ers, Eagles, Patriots) in the matter of a couple years. Coming from Philly, I'm sure he'll be content to get back to a winning franchise and a team with a legitimate shot to make the Super Bowl (assuming they clean many things up).
The other main news involving the Patriots today was that they put offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer on IR which was expected after he broke his leg on Sunday.