The most predictable acquisition has occurred. Jason McCourty is a Patriot.
The trade reunites McCourty with his twin brother Devin. It also gives the Patriots another player who went to Rutgers, which is very important to Bill Belichick. Devin was clearly hopeful for the move when it was reported that the Browns were set to release Jason.
This is the second trade the Patriots and Browns have made in less than a week. Last Friday, the Pats received defensive tackle Danny Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round pick from Cleveland for a 2019 third-round pick.
Get excited, Pats fans. They might sign that old player everyone loved.
Woodhead finishing his career in New England would be a feel-good story, though there are obvious factors that make its logic questionable. For one, Woodhead would be redundant given that the Pats have James White and the recently re-upped Rex Burkhead. Furthermore, Woodhead is 33 and has been limited to 10 games by injury over the last two seasons.
Woodhead played three seasons for the Patriots before signing with the Chargers in 2013. After four seasons in San Diego, Woodhead played one season with the Ravens before being released this week.
According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, the Patriots are among the teams interested in signing free agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
The 20th pick of the 2011 draft, the now 29-year-old played four seasons for the Bucs before spending the last three seasons with the Falcons. His 9.5 sacks were a career high; prior to that he had not yet repeated his mark of 7.5 from his rookie year.
Clayborn has seen two of his seven NFL seasons significantly shortened by injury; he was limited to just three games in 2012 by a knee injury and played in only one game in 2014.