New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Patriots have to trim their roster from 80 players to 53 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Given the depth of NFL-caliber talent on their roster, other teams are seemingly keeping a close eye on who gets left off in New England.

One particular are of depth for the Patriots is the defensive line, which was overhauled this offseason. At defensive tackle alone, the team signed Davon Godchaux, drafted Christian Barmore, and Carl Davis has emerged as a potential rotational player throughout camp. That has left other talented tackles on the outside looking in.

Among those players are Akeem Spence and Montravius Adams, who have each had their moments this summer. According to SI’s Albert Breer, both players have drawn interest from around the league.

“The Patriots have solicited interest in their defensive line depth, with Akeem Spence and Montravius Adams emerging as names that could be dealt,” Breer writes. Spence joined the Patriots part way through last season, while Adams signed with the team in March.

Over the past week the Patriots haven’t been shy about making trades. They sent Sony Michel to the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, then on Thursday acquired Shaun Wade from the Baltimore Ravens.

A trade involving Spence or Adams could  see the Patriots receive a pick or picks in return, or they could use the opportunity to get a player at another position to help add depth to their roster. Wide receiver, offensive line, and defensive back are all spots that could seemingly use a boost as the regular season begins.

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