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Bill Belichick makes interesting admission about Patriots-Jets trade history

Bill Belichick makes interesting admission about Patriots-Jets trade history

The New England Patriots' trade with the New York Jets last week involving Demaryius Thomas ended a twenty-year dry spell between the AFC East competitors.

And if you ask Bill Belichick, that dry spell may have continued if not for the current circumstances.

When asked Tuesday about the Patriots' recent trade with the Jets -- their first since acquiring Belichick himself from New York in 2000 -- the head coach admitted there was a point where he wouldn't have even considered dealing with New York.

"There was a certain period of time when there's no way this transaction would have happened," Belichick said on a conference call with reporters.

That's a notable admission for a head coach who's committed to doing what's best for the team, regardless of optics. But as Belichick explained, the calculus of trading with a team you play twice a year is more complicated.

"We don't want to help the Jets, they don't want to help us," Belichick said. "We're in the same division, so they're not the easiest trades to make. ... But in the end, if it helps us in the other 14 games and helps our team, then it's something that's worth considering. We'll try to help our team in any way we can."

We can see why Belichick was open to dealing with a Jets team that's been ravaged by injuries and appears to pose no threat in the AFC East following an 0-2 start. Better that than doing business with the Jets of the Rex Ryan era, who went 11-5 in 2010 and upset the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round.

"When you look at the beginning of each year, inter-division trading is probably not something that you think is going to be at the top of the list," Belichick added. "But we traded with Buffalo this year, too (acquiring center Russell Bodine from the Bills), so we made two inter-division trades within a week. You never know."

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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