Patriots

Bill Belichick explains how salary cap impacts Patriots at trade deadline

Bill Belichick explains how salary cap impacts Patriots at trade deadline

The New England Patriots are in a great spot entering Week 9 with an unbeaten 8-0 record atop the AFC standings, but that doesn't mean they'll stand pat at the NFL trade deadline, which is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

That said, the Patriots have limited salary cap space to work with on trade deadline day. As of this writing, the Patriots have only $2,383,356 of cap room, per Miguel Benzan of Boston Sports Journal.

How does New England's salary cap situation impact the team's ability to make moves at the trade deadline? Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave an interesting answer during his media conference call Tuesday, noting the team might need additional cap room in the weeks after the deadline for various expenses.

"The answer is it would definitely affect us," Belichick said. "We wouldn't have enough cap space right now to just go out and acquire any player that was available regardless of what the price was in terms of compensation. We would have to fit him under our cap, and there are some players we just wouldn't be able to do that with. You really can't change the contract. I mean, that wouldn't happen until tomorrow so it would have had to already been done previously so the team knew they were going to trade a player and wanted to change his contract to make him more attractive in the trade, that would have really already had to of been done.

"As it stands today, you'd have to have enough salary cap space. Any team would have to have enough salary cap space to acquire the new player. If you didn't, then you would have to release a player to pick that up and there's certainly a lot of limitations to releasing players, especially vested players and so forth where you really don't gain much cap space from those kinds of transactions. It's a factor. Again, it would depend on the player and the salary and what your other options were on the team and how big of a gap you're talking about in order to be able to make all of that work. Certainly we have to account for the rest of the season. It's unrealistic to think we're not going to have any additional salary cap charges in the next eight weeks. We have to have some type of a cushion or budget to handle those, some of those anticipated expenses. We don't know exactly what that number is going to be, but there are a number of things that could come into play there. Yeah, it's definitely part of the conversation. No question."

The Patriots would be wise to aggressively pursue upgrades at the trade deadline. 

Tom Brady is 42 years old, and no one knows how much longer he's going to play. It makes sense to try and maximize whatever is left of the 42-year-old quarterback's Hall of Fame career, and two areas in New England's offense that need upgrading are tight end and the offense line. 

The Patriots reportedly asked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about a potential trade for tight end O.J. Howard earlier this month. Tampa Bay wasn't interested at the time, but the latest report Monday stated the Buccaneers would consider moving Howard only for a "substantial offer."

One way to upgrade the offensive line would be acquiring star left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins, but the asking price for him reportedly is a first-round draft pick. Williams also is signed through next season with a 2020 salary cap hit of $14,750,000, per Spotrac.

The Patriots did make one good move last week in acquiring veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons. Whether that's their only trade leading up to the deadline remains to be seen.

Here are 5 of the most impactful Pats trade deadline deals in history>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Patrick Mahomes' girlfriend says she was harassed by fans during Patriots-Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes' girlfriend says she was harassed by fans during Patriots-Chiefs

New England Patriots fans apparently weren't all that hospitable to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' girlfriend Brittany Matthews and brother Jackson Mahomes on Sunday.

Matthews live-tweeted her experience at Gillette Stadium during the Patriots-Chiefs matchup, and other than the game's outcome it doesn't seem like it was pleasant.

Matthews claims Patriots fans yelled at her and Jackson to sit down and Gillette security even stepped in to move them to a safer location.

Curran: Separating fact from fiction of NFL investigation into Patriots

You can read her tweets below:

She made sure to throw another jab at Pats fans on Monday morning.

Matthews and the Mahomes family got the last laugh as the Chiefs went on to defeat the Patriots, 23-16.

Curran: Pats' resilience has to be their go-to going forward>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Separating fact from fiction of NFL's investigation of Patriots film crew

bill_belichick.jpg
File photo

Separating fact from fiction of NFL's investigation of Patriots film crew

So what’s the skinny with the Patriots having a videographer’s tape confiscated in Cleveland?

Here’s what we know: Kraft Sports Productions, which produces content for Patriots.com, does a “Do Your Job” series in which they track various team personnel at work. 

This particular episode was supposed to feature an advanced scout. So the videographer — in a move that probably lacked foresight — was filming the scout when the Cleveland Browns hosted the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. 

The footage is aimed at showing the inner workings of what the scout does, but in no way was it a reprise of the sideline videotaping the Patriots were found guilty of engaging in back in 2007. 

Some called that “Spygate.”

The NFL has reportedly confiscated the tape from Sunday. The Browns were alerted because it was their press box. The Bengals were not. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.