For the 4th year in a row, Bill Belichick has acquired a defensive player during the season with a trade. Today, they picked up
The Bears are in a fire sale now, also trading Jared Allen to the panthers for a 6th rounder. From their perspective, I love the moves. Why not get as many lottery tickets for players who won’t be a part of the team’s future on a horrible football team?
That’s good news for teams like the Patriots, who will happily take a guy like Bostic. He was a 2nd rounder in 2013 and the Pats liked him, and now they’re getting him for a 6th rounder. His contract runs through 2016, as does the Dont’a Hightower’s and Chander Jones’. if Bostic plays even close to that level, the Pats will have very interesting decisions to make at linebacker. Jerod Mayo is due for an $11.4 million cap hit next year, which isn’t gonna happen, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens to him in the offseason.
Another reason I like the trade is because Bill Belichick knows what he’s doing with in-season acquisitions. Since 2012, the Patriots have acquired 4 defensive players. In 2012, it was Aqib Talib; in 2013, it was Isaac Sopoaga; in 2014, it was Akeem Ayers and Jonathan Casillas. You’ll notice that those trades were huge in 2 of those 3 years, especially the Talib acquisition. Sopoaga wasn’t a great get, but that was for injury. Essentially, when Belichick trades for guys in season for reasons other than being bone dry at some positions due to injury, he hits on those acquisitions. The Pats have no injuries at linebacker right now, I expect Jon Bostic to be a great acquisition for the Pats, especially with a bye week to learn the defense before playing.
P.S. How great would it be to be traded from the Bears to the Pats right now? Obviously Bostic is an incredibly hard working guy to make the NFL, but that’s gotta give the guy a little extra motivation that he wouldn’t have had on a horrendous team like Chicago.