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Source: Patriots not interested in trading for Richard Sherman

Source: Patriots not interested in trading for Richard Sherman

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

The Patriots won't be in the Richard Sherman business this offseason. They are not interested in trading for him, according to a source.

Seattle GM John Schneider acknowledged on Wednesday that the trade buzz surrounding the long, tall, talkative, talented corner was very real. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald then reported that the Patriots -- while not aggressively pursuing the possibility of Sherman - may look to trade for him if they lost restricted free agent Malcolm Butler.

As of this morning, though, that possibility is kaput.

The Sherman trade talk began last month when former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi mentioned on a podcast for The Ringer that he was hearing Sherman could be dealt. Spitballing began then about Sherman coming to New England and it never really lost steam until now.

Whether it was Sherman's salary ($11 million each of the next two seasons), Seattle's would-be asking price or, perhaps, a sign of detente on the Malcolm Butler front is unknown.

But our Mike Giardi said Wednesday on Boston Sports Tonight that, according to a source, Butler is beginning to understand that he'll probably wind up signing his tender with the Patriots  and playing out 2017 in New England.

As a restricted free agent, Butler has until April 21 to sign an offer sheet with another team, which the Patriots can then match or refuse. If they refuse, they get the first-round pick of the team Butler signed with. That's a steep price, especially when Butler is reportedly trying to get a top-of-market deal to boot.

And the lack of buzz surrounding Butler is reflective of that. Only the Saints expressed real interest and they said they aren't parting with their pick.

So while we still don't know for sure who'll be playing corner opposite Stephon Gilmore in September, we do know Richard Sherman won't be.

EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?

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EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?

On this episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast...

0:10 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen give their takeaways from the Patriots win over the Falcons including the defense coming up strong against Atlanta but New England still taking too many penalties.

2:00 - Why it felt like this game meant more to the Patriots, their sense of excitement after the win, and building chemistry off a good victory.

6:20 - Falcons losing their identity without Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and their bad play calling and decisions on 4th downs.

10:00 -  A discussion about Matt Ryan not making the throws he needed against the Patriots and if he has falling off the MVP caliber-type player he was last season.

14:00 - How and why the Patriots secondary seems to be playing better without Stephon Gilmore and why Malcolm Butler has been able to turn up his play as of late.

Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study

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Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study

If your team makes a goal-line stop in the fourth quarter, but you can't see it on the All-22 tape, did it even happen? 

Bill Belichick said the fog that hovered above the Gillette Stadium turf on Sunday night didn't impact the play on the field, but it did make its imprint on the game in other ways. First of all, spotters and coaches up at the press level had some difficulty relaying information to coaches on the sidelines. Video on the hand-held tablets for sideline use -- as well as the old-school still-frame pictures Belichick prefers -- was also obstructed. 

Then on Monday, as coaches tried to digest the film, the fog butted in on the process again. 

"It affected us a lot this morning because it’s hard to see the game," Belichick said during a conference call. "The fourth quarter is – I don’t know – pretty close to a white-out on the sideline film. The sideline cameras are at the top of the stadium, so that’s a tough shot.

"The end zone cameras are a little bit lower and they get a little tighter shot, so the picture is a little bit clearer. But, on that shot, a lot of times you’re not able to see all the guys on the perimeter. It’s kind of an in-line shot.

"Yeah, the first half, start of the third quarter, it’s all right. As they get into the middle of the third quarter and on, for those of us with aging eyes, it’s a little strained to see it, and then there’s a point where you can’t really see it at all, especially from the sideline. So, yeah, it affected us."

Belichick re-iterated that the fog didn't do much to the product on the field (other than maybe making life difficult for kick and punt-returners), refuting Julio Jones' claim from late Sunday night. When it came to digesting the film, though, that was another story.

"It was more, I’d say, just tougher for, whether it be our video camera or the fans that were sitting in the upper deck. It’s just there was too much interference there," Belichick said. "It was probably hard to see the game. I know when we tried to look at the pictures in between series – you know, I don’t look at the tablets, so I won’t get into that – but the pictures, it was kind of the same thing. It was hard to really be able to make out exactly what you were seeing."