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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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Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady is admiring ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with the 49ers from afar.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season on Monday night vs. the Seahawks, the former Pats backup quarterback is thriving as San Francisco's starting QB. Garoppolo, like Brady, has his team off to an 8-1 start and pegged as a favorite to compete in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

Brady talked about Garoppolo's early success on Monday during his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray.

"He's done a great job. The point of playing football is to win, so when your team's winning and you're the quarterback, you're doing your job," Brady told Gray. "I'm certainly proud of everything that he's accomplished. He was a really great guy for me to get to know and to see on a daily basis.

"I think the great thing to see if players who take advantage of their opportunity. He had an organization that put a lot on the line to get him, and he's taken advantage of that opportunity. I know he had a tough injury last year, but he showed a lot of mental toughness in coming back from a tough injury and is playing great football."

Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014 and served as Brady's backup until he was traded to the 49ers in 2017. The Eastern Illinois product got the chance to showcase his talents in two starts during the 2016 season, going 2-0 with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Since then, the 28-year-old has overcome a devastating knee injury and become the leader of an NFC powerhouse that looks like it'll be in the mix for years to come. Not a bad deal for the man once thought of as Brady's potential successor.

As for Brady and the Patriots, they'll look to bounce back from their Week 10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday when they face off against the Eagles. If all goes according to plan, a February reunion for Brady and Garoppolo in Miami could be in the works.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

Watch below:

Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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