ESPN’s Mike Reiss on 1-5 Patriots being sellers at trade deadline: “I think you have to entertain that conversation”
During this morning’s Toucher & Rich, Rich, Fred and ESPN’s Mike Reiss discussed whether the New England Patriots should consider selling players after starting the season with a 1-5 record. Mike Reiss suggested that it’s worth entertaining the idea of selling, especially given their upcoming games against the Bills and Dolphins and the looming trade deadline on October 31st.
“Rich Shertenlieb: if you’re the Patriots, do you start making calls to sell today?
I think you have to entertain that conversation. I mean, you’re 1-5, and you have the Bills and Dolphins up next. The trade deadline was set for October 31st for the first time during Bill Belichick’s time here. You have to consider that we’re not buyers, right? I mean, what would you even be buying for? So, I think the question here is, what could you realistically sell? For instance, could you find someone willing to take Juju Smith-Schuster with the contract you’ve signed him to? Probably not, right?”
They also discussed potential players to trade, including Trent Brown and Davon Godchaux, with a focus on bolstering defensive depth. The conversation also touched on the value of certain players and the realistic returns the team could expect in potential trades. Fred mentioned Trent Brown as a potentially valuable trade asset, while Mike Reiss pointed out that the team’s best players might yield the greatest returns if they were willing to trade them.
On Sunday, the New England Patriots’ season record dropped to 1-5 after a 21-17 defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. In the final two minutes of regulation, Mac Jones and the Patriots’ offense had an opportunity to march down the field for a potential game-winning field goal. However, Jones opted to take a safety, securing the Patriots’ third consecutive loss instead.
Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.