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Trent Williams trade would cost Patriots much more than pick compensation

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Trent Williams trade would cost Patriots much more than pick compensation

FOXBORO — Trent Williams is one of the best left tackles in football. He’s had injury issues. He’s played for a bad team. Still, he’s an elite talent at one of the most important positions in football. 

It stands to reason that any team inquiring about a trade for Williams would have to be ready to part with significant capital. Take a look at the cost for big-name left tackles involved in trades over the years: the Seahawks got Duane Brown and a fifth from the Texans in return for a second and a third; the Eagles nabbed Jason Peters from the Bills for a first, a fourth and a sixth. 

It’s rare that All-Pro caliber tackles become available. But when they do, they’re expensive. 

That’s why, on its face, seeing NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay say he’s heard the Patriots offered a first-round pick for Williams isn’t all that unfathomable. The Patriots currently have, in my view, two NFL-caliber tackles on their roster in Marcus Cannon and Isaiah Wynn, and they’ve shown a willingness to deal first-round picks in the recent past if it meant acquiring big-time talent; they picked up Brandin Cooks from the Saints for a first before the 2017 season. 

But an acquisition of Williams would require the acquiring team to consider much more than the pick compensation it’d be giving up. 

First, Williams is going to want a new contract. Williams has two years remaining on his deal and is scheduled to make $10.8 and $12.5 in base salary in 2019 and 2020. He has cap hits for both seasons that exceed $14 million. 

For a tackle of his ilk? That’s pretty inexpensive. It’d come as no surprise if he demanded a new contract from his new team that exceeded the $16.5 million in average annual value Trent Brown received from the Raiders.

Then there are the locker room dynamics to take into account that would be thrust upon the Patriots after paying a player a new deal and making him one of the richest at the facility. Stephon Gilmore signed a contract in 2017 that pays him an average of $13 million per year. 

In a vacuum, a first-round pick for a player of Williams’ caliber is fair. But what the Patriots, or any team, would have to give up beyond that to acquire him would make it difficult to pull the trigger.

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Patriots vs. Jets Week 3 inactives: Marcus Cannon, several rookies active for Pats

Patriots vs. Jets Week 3 inactives: Marcus Cannon, several rookies active for Pats

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots host the New York Jets on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, where the defending Super Bowl champs will aim to extend their win streak against the struggling AFC East club to seven games.

The Patriots will be getting some reinforcements in Week 3.

Starting right tackle Marcus Cannon is active for the Patriots, which is an encouraging sign. He suffered a shoulder injury in Week 1 and missed Week 2 because of it. Running back Damien Harris and defensive back Joejuan Williams both are active for the first time as rookies. Rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers also is back in the lineup after not playing in Week 2.

Running back James White will miss the game to be with his wife. They are expecting the birth of their first child. Fullback James Develin was ruled out Friday with a neck injury. Ryan Izzo is the lone tight end active for the Patriots with Matt LaCosse inactive.

Here are the inactives for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

James White, RB
James Develin, FB 
Shilique Calhoun, LB
Matt LaCosse, TE
Caleb Benenoch, OL
Nate Ebner, S
Korey Cunningham, OL 

NEW YORK JETS (0-2)

Sam Darnold, QB
Demaryius Thomas, WR
John Franklin-Myers, DL
Quinnen Williams, DL
Jordan Jenkins, OLB
Jordan Willis, OLB
C.J. Mosley, LB

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NFL rumors: Antonio Brown filing grievance vs. Patriots to get $10M in guaranteed money

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown filing grievance vs. Patriots to get $10M in guaranteed money

An off-the-field battle between the New England Patriots and recently released wide receiver Antonio Brown appears to be brewing. 

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday morning that Brown is filing a grievance against the Pats to get the $10 million in guaranteed money that was in his contract.

The Patriots released Brown on Friday.

The 31-year-old wideout is dealing with multiple off-the-field situations. 

A civil suit was filed last week in Florida accusing Brown of rape and sexual assault. The lawsuit was filed by Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor. Brown has denied the allegations through his lawyer. The NFL is investigating the allegations made in the civil suit, and the league reportedly met with Taylor on Monday. A report from Sports Illustrated was published late Thursday night alleging Brown sent intimidating texts to a woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct. The league reportedly is investigating this alleged event as well.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran provided further insight Sunday morning into Brown's contract and the money involved. 

Brown took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal he's not playing in the NFL anymore. He also took a shot at Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

The wide receiver's Twitter tirade isn't likely to sit well with Kraft.

The Patriots no longer employ Brown, but it doesn't sound like he will cease being a distraction for the team anytime soon.

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