New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 24: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on after the game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

With Sunday’s win over the Chargers getting them back to .500, there should be no talk of the Patriots being sellers at this year’s trade deadline. They’re currently 3-1 in their last four, and just half a game out of a playoff spot.

However, it’s highly unlikely the Patriots make a major move at the trade deadline this year. The team currently has about $2.66 million in salary cap space, per cap expert Miguel Benzan. There’s also no trove of compensatory picks on the way, given their spending spree in free agency, which could make Bill Belichick less likely to part ways with his current picks.

If the Patriots do acquire a player at the deadline, it will likely be a minor move. Think back to last season, when they gave up a conditional seventh-round pick for wide receiver Isaiah Ford.

Still, it’s not impossible for the Patriots to make somewhat of a splash. If they move some money around, they could add some much-needed depth at key positions. Which players may be available that fit that description? Here are a few names to keep in mind before the deadline, which is Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Again, most of these trades would be a stretch given the Patriots’ current salary cap and draft pick situation. But Bill Belichick has certainly surprised us before. Let’s see if he does it again before Tuesday’s deadline.

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