New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Dolphins defeat the Patriots 27-24. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

The Patriots are busy working to improve their offense, whether Tom Brady comes back as the quarterback or not.

According to NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran, New England is expected to hit the phones hard before the new league year begins on March 18.

The Patriots are already active in overhauling their offense and, while the timetable for Brady becoming a free agent makes it tough for the team to make seismic moves to improve, don’t be surprised if the team is busy on the trade market before free agency opens.

Dating back to before the 2019 season, the Patriots have been linked to a number of different wide receivers and tight ends supposedly available in a trade. Whether it’s Stefon Diggs, O.J. Howard, or another name completely off the radar right now, it appears Bill Belichick is looking for a big splash.

The Patriots should have room to maneuver once Brady’s situation is cleared up and the new CBA is passed, both of which are expected to happen right around March 18.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at