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On second thought, Pats aren’t trading up for Cameron Jordan

Under Armour Senior Bowl

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 29:Defensive lineman Cameron Jordan #97 of the North Team during the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29, 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Under Armour)

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How about this for some Worldwide Leader-on-Worldwide Leader crime?

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported earlier today that the New England Patriots are trying to trade up to No. 9 with the Dallas Cowboys, the Pats targeting Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan.

According to both Michael Smith of ESPN and Adam Schefter of ESPN, the trade isn’t happening.

Smith, appearing on SportsCenter, explained that the Patriots don’t value “five-technique” defensive ends enough in this draft to trade into the top ten. Such a move likely would’ve cost New England a first- and second-round pick.

Schefter’s report/refute of Mort’s report is even stronger:

“Any proposed Cowboys-Patriots trade will not happen,” Schefter just tweeted.

It sounds like the Cowboys “leaked” the rumor to Mortensen, and Mort took the bait.