Patriots continue to wheel and deal, land DE help in trade with Seahawks


Patriots continue to wheel and deal, land DE help in trade with Seahawks

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have executed two trades in as many days with the Seahawks, but you can think of it as one clean-and-tidy deal. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots sent Seattle a seventh-round pick in exchange for defensive end Cassius Marsh on Saturday. That seventh-round pick was the pick the Patriots received from Seattle on Friday in a deal that sent corner Justin Coleman to the Seahawks. The Patriots are also sending Seattle a fifth-round pick in the deal, per Schefter. 


So the trade ended up being Coleman for Marsh. In Coleman, the Seahawks landed some help in the secondary, and in the process, they trimmed down what has become a loaded defensive line by sending Marsh to New England. Earlier in the week, Seattle landed former Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson in a trade. 

Marsh played in all 16 regular-season games for the Seahawks in each of the last two seasons. He had three sacks in 2016 and was a contributor on special teams. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder played in 36 percent of his team's defensive snaps last season, including playoffs.

The Patriots have been in need of some defensive end depth since early in the summer when Rob Ninkovich retired, rookie Deatrich Wise suffered a concussion and linebacker Shea McClellin (who has edge experience) suffered an undisclosed injury. Kony Ealy, who the Patriots acquired in a trade with the Panthers during the offseason, was mostly ineffective during his time in New England and was released last weekend. 

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did. 


Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

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Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

After missing out on coveted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and brought back Josh McCown as short-term solutions at QB, but with the trade they made with the Colts on Saturday, their future franchise QB could be drafted next month.

The Jets acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the April 26 draft from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the sixth overall pick, two 2018 second-round picks (37th and 49th) and a 2019 second-rounder.

UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold are considered the top QBs in the draft. The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have the first two picks, the Browns have No. 4, too, and could be eyeing a QB. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could be among the top picks as well. 

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